Carmelo Anthony’s time in New York could be coming to an end. Representatives for the Knicks star have “tried to engage the Knicks in buyout talks,” ESPN’s Marc Stein reports.
When the trade deadline came and went in February with Phil Jackson and the Knicks unable or unwilling to pull the trigger on a deal it left them in an awkward spot. Still stuck with Carmelo Anthony, who was caught up in a bizarre struggle with Jackson, and getting no return for Derrick Rose, due to become a free agent, the Knicks ran out the string on another miserable season.
And shortly after the deadline, Jackson’s appointed chronicler, his former assistant coach during his Continental Basketball Association days, Charley Rosen, wrote a story and noted, “Starting on July 1, Phil Jackson will have his phone stuck to his ear and lots of under-the-cap money to spend.”
Speaking to an executive from an Eastern Conference team shortly after, the line was recounted to him and he laughed.
“You have to kill yourself just to get his phone number,” the executive said. “You have to get a favor from someone to get Phil’s cellphone. I have it. But it was hard to get.
“It’s unusual, very unusual. Obviously, Phil is the decision maker and as decision makers, we want to talk to him. Nothing against the guys below him, but when you want to discuss a deal you want to talk to him. And he just doesn’t. There are management guys around the league laughing.”
The laughter is expected to officially come to an end this morning as the Knicks and Jackson will part ways, a move first reported by The Vertical early Wednesday morning. According to the report, Garden Chairman James Dolan finally stepped into the quagmire Jackson had created…