Woah! Phil Jackson Says Carmelo Anthony Is “Better Off Somewhere Else”

Carmelo Anthony
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Phil Jackson has just given a pretty clear indication that star Carmelo Anthony may be exiting the New York Knicks via a trade.

While speaking to reporters on Friday (April 14), the Knicks President concluded that Melo “would be better off somewhere else.”

With the team going for 31-51 this season, they’ve fallen well below expectations, especially since they added Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah in the offseason.

“We’ve not been able to win with [Anthony] on the court at this time,” Jackson said. “I think the direction with our team is that he’s a player that would be better off somewhere else and using his talent somewhere where he can win or chase that championship.”

The 32-year-old superstar said earlier this week that while he’d “love” to remain on the Knicks roster, he wants a commitment to winning immediately.

Sources are telling ESPN that Carmelo is “leaning strongly” toward waiving his no-trade clause if the Knicks presented him with an interesting trade.