Will he or won't he? Nurkic's return still uncertain

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks president Phil Jackson definitely didn't mince words when talking about star forward Carmelo Anthony on Friday.

Jackson said Rose, who will be a free agent, expressed a desire to return to NY and intimated that the Knicks would consider re-signing him. However, all signs point to Phil Jackson trading Carmelo Anthony and rebuilding around Kristaps Porzingis.

"I think he's excited from a leadership role to try to help guys that don't have that kind of experience, haven't been through it or are going through it for the first time, to try to help those guys", Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. Jackson said Anthony gave the Knicks a list of teams he'd agree to waive his no-trade clause for prior to the deadline in February, and described the market at that time as such: "We had some teams that were interested in making the chase".

"I just said, 'We haven't won here, ' " Jackson said. "You would want that person to come straightforward with you". He is the future of the franchise, and you don't want him to feel unhappy with the team.

"But he likes it here". We're starting to get some players on the court who can do that. Jackson said Friday that wasn't a criticism but "pure fact".

"We'll take into account (Anthony's) consideration".

Jackson said he warned Anthony after last season the Knicks wouldn't be able to provide him a winning team, but Anthony opted to stay. "But he wants to redeem himself as a player".

Anthony said after Wednesday night's final game of another disappointing season with the Knicks that he was "open" to be traded this summer.

It appears that Jackson meant good with his statement but Anthony might have understood it differently. The evidence seems pretty clear it's not the player.

Anthony, who turns 33 years old this offseason, has talked openly in the past about wanting to win in NY. During the press conference, Jackson also implied that Anthony led the "resistance" against implementing Jackson's triangle offence during the season. The team had a great mix of talented veterans including Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire, Jason Kidd, and J.R. Smith. He's an elite scorer. I think he had some concern this year about physical. "Obviously it hasn't worked out, this partnership together". I can't go back and regret that.

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