Phil Jackson indicated that the New York Knicks will continue to explore trade options for Carmelo Anthony, saying the All-Star forward “would be better off somewhere else.”
Jackson, the Knicks team president, addressed reporters Friday, two days after the team completed its fourth straight losing season. New York went 31-51, falling well short of preseason expectations bolstered by the offseason additions of Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.
“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.”
It seems Melo was listening.
Minutes after Jackson walked off the podium, the 32-year-old Anthony took to Instagram with an image of Leonardo DiCaprio in the Great Gatsby captioned “REALLY” with laughing emojis.
He added his usual hashtag, “#StayMe7o.”
Fellow Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis seemed to back up his teammate by liking the post:
— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) April 14, 2017