Phil Jackson: Carmelo Anthony was made aware of Mavericks deal

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

Speaking to the media on Thursday night, Phil Jackson shed some light on the Knicks’ recent trade with the Mavericks and what it may mean for keeping Carmelo Anthony in town.

In Jose Calderon, New York upgraded the point guard position. That said, it’s easy to recognize that this trade was about acquiring valuable assets and gaining flexibility. From there, the question becomes, how does this make the team more appealing to Anthony? As a player who is interested in competing for a championship ASAP, was Anthony kept in the loop as the team considered trading its other lone all-star?

The short answer is yes.

“I wouldn’t use the word ‘consulted’. I’d say the word ‘informed,’” Jackson said on Thursday. “We talked about [the deal] a couple weeks ago with Carmelo when we met with him. We told him this was on the table and I was going to wait and see until I got back from Turkey to see how this fit. He was aware.”

“[Carmelo] saw the value in it and appreciated it,” Jackson continued.

The executive added that there were a few contributing factors as to why the deal took so long to complete, including Raymond Felton’s recent legal troubles.

“This went on for some time. I don’t think there’s any question that this was a final goal of both teams,” he said. “A lot of things had to be digested and answered. I didn’t want to do the deal until Raymond had some sort of declaration as to the protocol and what was going to happen legally. I wanted him to have the best chance possible and not hold back his career.”




15 comments
chuco
chuco

Typical spurs knew them hoes would pick Anderson smfh

1harris1
1harris1

I love these question to these kids about what NBA player they believe they're most similar to.


Remember when Lavor Postell compared himself to Kobe?

chudogz1
chudogz1

Let the Michael Carter Williams trade rumors begin!

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

Phil is a class act... something we have not have in this organization for quite sometime.. I am def impressed by his elusiveness and honesty

Brian Gilliard
Brian Gilliard

The inflow of talent is just beginning. Melo needs to take a paycut and stay at home.

JerseyFan1
JerseyFan1

Just post abt the draft and any other NY trades.

rico
rico

Cool, but the info didn't compel Melo to "opt in"



RadioRah
RadioRah

Well Melo did say he wanted to play with him before he got drafted. @chudogz

chudogz1
chudogz1

Exactly what I was thinking!

theking
theking

Plans to make teams gut themselves for no reason

rico
rico

@theking what does that mean king, or should we call you "the"?