Report: Carmelo Anthony 'on his way out the door' despite Jackson hiring

Mar 18, 9:53 AM

The New York Knicks are prepared to make a big announcement Tuesday at Madison Square Garden, and franchise face Carmelo Anthony has already said he's willing to "do whatever it takes" to win.

On ESPN's First Take, Stephen A. Smith confirmed that Anthony does indeed want to talk to new president Phil Jackson, but Smith has heard other whisperings about what Melo's plans are going forward. Spoiler alert: the plans aren't in the Big Apple.

Carmelo Anthony wants to talk to Phil Jackson and wants to hear what he has to say. What he knows and what Phil Jackson is expected to learn, is that dealing with [owner] James Dolan is a different beast. 

When you're so concerned with your media policy and you got a PR person following the coach everywhere they go and being permitted to speak but only so much, when you got a president hired nine months ago but we haven't heard from him in seven months. We didn't hear from him before the trading deadline, we didn't hear from him after the trading deadline expired.

All of these kind of things - the very invasive and intrustive environment that is that of the New York Knicks - I'm being told that Carmelo is convinced that this ain't the way to go, and he's on his way out the door.  

Smith noted on the show that he hopes the report is wrong, and that Jackson will be able to convince the All-Star forward to stick around. The school of thought remains that in order to achieve any level of team success with the Knicks, more than just the rest of the 2013-14 season would be a sacrifice for Melo, based on the current roster.