Earlier this year, Anthony told Jackson that he wanted to remain with the Knicks.
Right now we need players who are really active can play every single play both offensively and defensively. "It's really important for us". Jackson said the team will "take into account his consideration" in searching for a trade partner. The Clippers were the most serious team in trade talks leading up to last season's trade deadline, but were unable to work out a deal.
"I just said, 'We haven't won here, ' " Jackson said.
Anthony's trade value is still high, but it would have been higher if Jackson did not criticize his own player in an article by Bleacher Report.
The 32-year-old 10-time All-Star Anthony admitted that he'd like to return to the Knicks, but would keep his ears open to any trade proposal that comes his way this offseason.
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For much of the 2016-17 season, the writing was on the wall that Carmelo Anthony's tenure with the New York Knicks was nearing an end. The team that added former all-stars Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose to aid their current dynamic duo of Porzingis and Anthony went a measly 31-51. From a broader perspective, Jackson sounds as if he knows a rebuild is imminent. The Knicks haven't made the playoffs since the 2012-13 season, though, which is especially troubling given that NY expected to return to the postseason this year after adding Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah last summer.
"This guy plays 34 minutes a game", Jackson said. "But he wants to redeem himself as a player". He'd cryptically criticized Anthony in a February tweet and on TV, and there was the Seasoned Basketball Scribe version of "Ether" penned by longtime Jackson pal Charley Rosen, but now Jackson's opinion is on the record.
"That's a long way down the road, but there's very few options at that level", Jackson said.
He also said he doesn't regret re-signing Anthony. He's an elite scorer. "I think he had some concern this year about physicality, not being able to stand up to all the games physically with his Achilles tendon, back, etcetera".
Jackson will finally discuss some of that Friday, when he is scheduled to speak to the local media for the first time since his preseason press conference in September. I can't regret it. "Obviously it hasn't worked out, this partnership together".