According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, Knicks President Phil Jackson will meet with disgruntled star forward Carmelo Anthony in the coming days.
New York Knicks prez Phil Jackson plans to meet with disgruntled star forward Carmelo Anthony in the next few days, sources told ESPN.— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) January 17, 2017
Melo has asked to have a conversation with Knicks brass twice since the critical Charley Rosen column. Word is that convo should happen soon— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) January 17, 2017
Charley Rosen is a former assistant coach to Phil Jackson, and remains a close friend and confidant. Rosen recently penned a column where he called for the end of the Carmelo Anthony era in New York. While Rosen claimed he wasn’t speaking for Jackson, the line is blurry and the incident has sparked some irritation on Anthony’s part.
Carmelo has a no-trade clause, so the Knicks can’t trade him without his consent—that means that Melo gets to pick his new team if he and Jackson agree that a divorce is best. It’s believed that the Clippers would be on Anthony’s shortlist—if not at the top of his list, or the only team on it. This lack of leverage for New York would open the door for the kind of trade I discussed yesterday.
This meeting, whenever it occurs, is something we’ll be monitoring very closely.