Carmelo Anthony could be on his way out of New York.
The Phil Jackson saga in New York continues. Carmelo Anthony, however, could be on his way out. Rumors swirled during the 2016-2017 season that Phil Jackson was trying to force Carmelo out of New York before the trade deadline. Anthony, who has a no-trade clause built into his contract, decided to stay with the Knicks for the rest of the year.
Now, it looks like Phil Jackson is back at his early-season antics.
Phil Jackson on Carmelo Anthony today: "We have not able to win with him on the court. He would be a player better off somewhere else."
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 14, 2017
We’re not surprised the drama between these two isn’t over, after dealing with it for most of the 2016-2017 season. It’s a moot point, however, unless Carmelo Anthony wants to go elsewhere. With the no-trade clause in his back pocket, all of the power remains in Anthony’s hands.
Melo has two years left (the second is a player option) remaining on a five-year contract he signed before the 2014 NBA season began. It seems likely that Anthony has played his last season in a Knicks uniform, although we’ve heard this song and dance before.
Jackson’s comments to many members of the media show that he’s not dancing around the subject. Phil and Melo met a few days ago to go over Anthony’s future with the team, so we expect that Jackson told Carmelo how he would address the media publicly about their relationship.
This story is still being written, and has no end in sight.