The New York Knicks are struggling this season after a good start and superstar Carmelo Anthony is the center of many trade rumors. One of the rumors include Phil Jackson forcing Anthony out of the New York Knicks.
Jackson forcing Melo out of the Big Apple?
According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, Jackson is using the media reports and rumors to play with Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks president reportedly wants the nine-time All-Star to waive his no-trade clause.
“Jackson’s ultimate goal is to get Carmelo to waive his no-trade clause, which remains a long-shot but is not out of the question,” Isola wrote.
“Maybe Jackson got what he wanted. He poked Carmelo until Melo conceded that, under the right circumstances, he would consider an amicable divorce. But it has to happen on Carmelo’s terms, not Phil’s,” he added.
Carmelo Anthony could waive his no-trade clause
In an exclusive interview with Newsday, Anthony revealed that he will remain loyal to the Knicks. He insisted it during a meeting with Jackson last week and he continues to insist it with reporters. However, he noted that he could consider waiving his no-trade clause.
Anthony pointed out that if the front office wants to rebuild and go in a different direction, he is open to getting traded. The Knicks did not give any comment but Jackson built this team last offseason to compete but they are currently struggling.
Should the Knicks trade Carmelo Anthony?
The Knicks are nowhere near being a contender and they would be better off rebuilding around Kristaps Porzingis. The tricky part of trading Anthony is he surely wants to play for a contender. There is only a handful of teams like the Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics that can provide him the chance to win that elusive championship.
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