Jackson confirmed that the team would continue to rebuild. Before Melo left Denver, in 2011, Melo told Adrian Wojnarowski that he did not want to be apart of the rebuilding process.
“People didn’t really know the business side of this situation we were in. Everybody’s contract was up. They had plans of going younger and rebuilding. People on the outside looking in didn’t get it,” Anthony said.
Jackson continued to talk about the possibility of trading Anthony.
“We’ve not been able to win with him on the court,” said Jackson. “I think the direction of our team is that (Carmelo) would be better off somewhere else.”
According to Al Iannazzone, Jackson stated that the Knicks want a “significant player” for Carmelo.
Carmelo Anthony and Jackson met with each other and Melo said everything would be said at the table. Jackson possibly came up with that conclusion after the meeting.
Not only Melo news, but Derrick Rose is most likely going to be re-signed by the Knicks.
Phil said Rose wants to redeem himself and he appreciates that attitude according to Al Iannazzone.
Rose told Jackson that he would like to be back in New York per Ian Begley of ESPN.
“Kristaps Porzingis, at 21, isn’t ready to be the face of the franchise. He shouldn’t be asked to, in my opinion.”
As for the future, Jackson believes the Knicks can make an impact in free agency. He told Begley that the commotion with him and Melo would not affect the team moving forward.
Phil Jackson says he doesn't think that the way things have played out between he & Carmelo will impact the Knicks negatively in free agency
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) April 14, 2017