The New York Knicks had a forgettable campaign last season. Phil Jackson, the Knicks president and an ex-NBA coach, recently brought up something about the franchise in relation to the time when Jae Crowder almost ended up in New York.
Jackson recalled a trade that was executed last season in an interview with Charley Rosen of Today’s Fastbreak.
The former coach admitted to Rosen that his biggest mistake last season involved not trading for Jae Crowder.
“In talking with Boston, I was given the option of taking that pick or else taking Jae Crowder. I liked Crowder but I thought he wouldn’t get much of a chance to play behind Carmelo, so I took the pick which turned out to be Cleanthony Early.
The trade that Jackson talked about is the deal that sent Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to the Dallas Mavericks. While they received Shane Larkin, Jose Calderon, Wayne Ellington, Samuel Dalembert and a second-round pick. The pick originally came from Boston Celtics but was then relayed to Dallas.
Phil added that he regretted not acquiring Crowder from Celtics, though he was given an option to do it.
“While Cleanthony has missed lots of time in the past two seasons with us, he still has the potential to be a valuable player. Even so, I should have taken Crowder,” Jackson said.
It is understandable for the Knicks’ President to be regretful since Jae had a brilliant 2015-2016 season. This NBA rumors could have happened if only Phil considered Crowder’s untapped potential before. But NBA rumors about their next season will continue to swirl in the coming days.
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