Published: Sun, April 16, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Jackson says that a trade might be best for Carmelo, Knicks

Jackson says that a trade might be best for Carmelo, Knicks

Jackson also said on Friday that he believes the Knicks can strike balance between signing veterans to help the team win now and developing younger players to set up a brighter future.

"We've not been able to win with [Anthony] on the court at this time", Jackson said following exit interviews with players.

Phil said meeting with Melo was not contentious, but he told him with direction of team he'd be better off chasing championship elsewhere. Jackson said the Knicks "want a significant player" in return, adding that any playoff team that doesn't win the title might look to shake things up.

Even though he denied that his now very public feud with Anthony will have a negative impact on free agents coming to NY, there's no way Jackson can spin the 80-166 record that his team has compiled since his first full season.

After all the tension within the Knicks this year, it is now clear that the Knicks will try to trade Anthony in the offseason.

The Carmelo Anthony era in NY might be coming to an end this offseason.

When Jackson was asked if Anthony could return, he gave a cryptic answer.

For the Knicks, the situation only continues to get messier between Jackson and Anthony.

Phil Jackson demonstrated during Friday's press conference that he is-how can I put this mildly-a big, stupid baby. He's under contract for at least the next two years, and would need to take a huge financial risk by playing out the 2019-20 season on a one-year qualifying offer in order to then become an unrestricted free agent.

While the Lakers didn't have a great regular season, they made progress. " 'You don't want to end up your career not winning".

"I just go out when my name is called", he said.

After Jackson's remarks, Anthony posted a message - presumably for Jackson - on his Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Anthony knows the Knicks might want to trade him and said Wednesday he thought before the deadline in February there was a chance he would be gone.

Jackson is the most successful coach in National Basketball Association history, having led the Michael Jordan-inspired Chicago Bulls to six National Basketball Association championships between 1989 and 1998.

"I think there's disconnect sometimes with this team and I think there was some rebelliousness with this team that created some of the discord during the year". "Derrick has expressed hopes of coming back".

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