The New York Knicks aren't even hiding it anymore. As if it wasn't clear clear already, we now know for sure that Knicks president Phil Jackson has every intention of shipping Carmelo Anthony out of New York.
During his end of the season press conference on Friday, Jackson did not beat around the bush whatsoever on how he views Melo:
“We have not been able to win with him on the court at this time, and I think that the direction of our team is that he is a player that would be better off somewhere else and using his talent somewhere where he can win or chase that championship."
Better of elsewhere, huh? Well, at least they are being honest. And Jackson seems to have the right intentions by noting that Anthony deserves to compete for a title.
Once again, though, getting rid of Carmelo will be much easier said than done. He does own a full no-trade clause, after all, and is set to make about $54 million over the next two years.
The Knicks' asking price is also going to be high. But here's hoping he gets shipped to a team that is a player of his caliber away from competing for a title like, say, the Jazz, Clippers, Grizzlies or Hawks.
Anthony responded to Jackson with a simple message:
— Carmelo Anthony (@carmeloanthony) April 14, 2017