Phil Jackson, the president of the New York Knicks stated that the move will be active looking for deals before the NBA trade deadline this season. The “Zen Master” made the declaration during press conference
“We’re looking to improve this ballclub, there’s no doubt. We know that we have some good guys. The chemistry is pretty good. The talent can still be better. It always can, so we’re looking,” Jackson stated via ESPN but with condition that it will not involve star forward Carmelo Anthony and rising rookie Kristaps Porzingis, who are considered “untouchables” in any NBA trades.
Jackson said that Carmelo has a “no trade clause” and it does not make sense to give up Porzingis this early especially as he’s one of the top rookies this season.
Anthony, who is playing in his sixth year with the Knicks, averages 21.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 47 games this season. Meanwhile, Porzingis, in just his first year in the league has impressed with 13.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots per game.
According to the same article, Anthony has no chance of waiving his “no trade clause” so he is expected to be with the New York squad until the end of this season.
The Knicks have struggled this season with a 23-31 record so far and that caused head coach Derek Fisher to be fired early. They promoted Kurt Rambis as interim head coach but the Knicks are reportedly looking for another mentor to handle the team for this season.
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