Knicks' Phil Jackson says Carmelo Anthony 'better off somewhere else'

Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

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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 NY.

Porzingis, who "liked" Anthony's Instagram post in response to Jackson's press conference, was outspoken about the club's "confusion" during the season and reportedly skipped the meeting because of dysfunction that could lead Anthony to be traded this summer. "I never made a substitution, but the buck stops here", Jackson said.

That time appears to be now.

Anthony averaged 22.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.0 3-pointers in 34.3 minutes per game this season. It was the All-Star's worst statistical output since he was a rookie back in 2003-04.

Anthony, who turns 32 in May, is set to make more than $26 million next season, after which he could opt out of his contract if he'd like.

Welp, you've heard Phil Jackson's Carmelo Anthony diss track by now, I'm sure.

The question is: will Anthony actually allow Jackson to trade him during the 2017 offseason?

According to ESPN's Ian Begley, Anthony prefers to remain in NY, but wants a commitment from management to winning immediately.

Players were not available to the media at the exit interviews - only Jackson speaking.

That isn't exactly stating that he will attempt to trade Anthony, but he may as well have said exactly that.

Anthony said earlier this week that he wanted to hear what Jackson has to say before making any decision about his future.

Anthony may have been the main target of Jackson, but he took what seemed like odd shots at Porzingis.

Jackson said they'd like a "significant player" in return for any potential Carmelo Anthony trade.

"This is not something that you want to have labelled on your career".

If the Knicks trade Anthony, the assumption is that Porzingis would be the face of the franchise and the focal point of the offense. "This is not a situation we're going to dump you". You want to get to that territory where you have a chance to win.

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