Phil Jackson‘s tenure as the president of the New York Knicks is reportedly coming to an end.
With the dislike of Carmelo Anthony and the public admittance that he was trying to trade star Kristaps Porzingis, it was basically the nail in the coffin that ultimately sealed Jackson’s fate and future with the team.
Some close to Dolan had been pushing him to consider firing Jackson for much of the season, sources told ESPN’s Ian Begley.
Now, James Dolan has an opportunity to virtually wipe the slate clean and start fresh in a post-Jackson era.
The future of general manager Steve Mills is unclear, but he could transition the franchise through free agency, which begins on Saturday. Anthony has two years worth over $54 million remaining on his deal.
Dolan spent Tuesday weighing the future of Jackson and the two had a conversation about the decision late at night, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
At first he was operating in somewhat of a hands-off manner before realizing he needed to be in NY more often to do the job properly.
Anthony has a no-trade clause in his contract and still owed $26.24 million and $27.9 million in each of the next two seasons as part of the five-year, $124 million contract he signed in 2014. Nothing’s worked. In all, he’s amassed an 80-166 record as Knicks president while simultaneously squashing his standing with players both on the team and off.
But the 32-year-old’s reluctance to leave looks to have forced Jackson to depart.
It’s nearly over Knicks fans.
“Well, I think, we know what we’re doing”, Jackson said to MSG Live last week. We’ve got young players who are on their move up.