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Phil Jackson reached out to Carmelo Anthony in wake of personal issues, still wants to trade him

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 27: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks looks on against the Toronto Raptors during their game at Madison Square Garden on February 27, 2017 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony’s relationship would not be described as tight.

Still, as Anthony is going through some personal issues lately, Jackson said he reached out and offered his support to the star forward. Via the New York Daily News:

“Some personal things came out in the paper that was difficult,” Jackson said. “Wanted him to know we’re supportive of him.’’

That doesn’t change that Jackson wants to trade Anthony, as he said before.

“(Carmelo) has a no-trade clause,” Jackson said. “I think I expressed what I felt. I can’t express it any better. I thought it was well-said even if a lot of you didn’t feel that way. We’d like him to have success, but the opportunity is narrowing. We’d just like for him to have success somewhere. We’re not going to be there. Hopefully we’ll maybe be a playoff team next year. It would tough to consider us possible champions.”

Anthony likely would waive his no trade clause for the right deal.

But he’s not going to waive it completely and be good with going anywhere, Jackson’s agent and Anthony need to work together to find a new home for him.