Mar 19, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks new president Phil Jackson looks on from the stands during the first quarter of a game against the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks Rumors: Phil Jackson May be Blowing Up the Knicks

Dec 28, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Knicks players huddle before the start of their game against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Knicks 115-100. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

That’s where we are at this point and time. After Phil Jackson failed to get one of his closer friends to coach the New York Knicks, rumors are circulating that Jackson told point guard Raymond Felton that he will be traded.

By itself this trade would indicate nothing about starting over.

Felton had a horrible year and is facing a potential trial sometime over the summer on an illegal gun charge. The thing is, there have also been rumors this year of Jackson looking to deal Tyson Chandler, Amar’e Stoudemire, and Andrea Bargnani.

While Chandler still has some value, STAT, Bargnani, and Felton do not. So if Phil is really looking to trade these guys he has to be looking to get young talent and picks in return. Since three of the four potential traded Knicks are expiring contracts (Felton has a player option for 2015-16, which is basically guaranteed to be picked up at this point) trading these guys could prolong the Knicks quest for cap space rather than expedite it.

When you add in the fact that guys like Derek Fisher, who is still playing, and Kurt Rambis, who went 32-132 with the Minnesota Timberwolves in two seasons, are the realistic candidates to coach the Knicks, things don’t look too bright on Broadway for the immediate future.

There are rumors of Mark Jackson coming to New York but by all accounts Phil would rather have a coach who wants to run the triangle and its unknown if Mark would be willing to acquiesce.

So thus far we have four Knicks being traded (though only one important to future success), a coaching search that has a current player and a coach whose record is 100 games under .500, and a superstar free agent who has made it known he wants to win now.

Where does all of this leave Carmelo Anthony? Well rumor has it that when Phil and Melo met for dinner a couple of weeks ago Jackson aggressively sold Anthony on Steve Kerr as a coach and how it would work out, as if Phil needed more embarrassment about Kerr picking the Warriors.

Now Phil is going to ask Anthony to play for a team whose coach may be a current backup point guard in the playoffs and who may deal four of its players this summer. Call it a hunch but I would bet Chicago and Houston are looking mighty fine at the moment.

There is also the report that James Dolan didn’t really help the Knicks chances of landing Kerr.

Kerr reportedly wasn’t thrilled about the idea of being Dolan’s coach if Anthony left. Kerr spoke to people around the organization and decided it wasn’t a good idea. So if Phil Jackson’s good friend was scared away by Dolan despite all of Jackson’s alleged autonomy, why would other coveted free agents, coaching or otherwise come here?

This all points to Phil blowing this roster up by trading expiring contracts and offering Anthony a discounted contract he knows Melo won’t accept.

The wild card in this of course is Dolan. If Anthony leaves and Jackson opts to rebuild, how long will Dolan tolerate that?

Many saw Jackson lasting no more than three years in New York but with an unpredictable owner like Dolan who knows if that is too long or too short.


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  • Pupman

    Rambis was a coaching failure. Cartwright hasn’t proven himself to be any better, and while Fisher seems to know the game, there are more viable options on the table. Phil has to get over restricting himself to guys he coached in the past. The triangle could be run by others as well. He just needs someone who will be willing to work with him. A guy like Jeff Van Gundy knows the game better than all options mentioned in this article. If Phil and Jeff could work together the sum would be greater than the whole. There would be an awesome coaching staff. Phil needs to expand his horizons and Dolan needs to keep himself out of it. NYC is great place and offers incredible opportunities. That is why the Knicks are worth more than any other team in the league. It’s NYC, not the team! The team can be turned around, but there will be some rebuilding. Jeff Van Gundy is the man. Fisher would be a viable assistant coach at this point. And if JVG doesn’t work out think about guys like Lionel Hollins.

    • Tony Curry

      Van Gundy or Byron Scott would be fine by Me

  • philip

    well stat did play pretty well giving quality minutes off the bench… he didn’t get hurt during that time, and with a full offseason to stengthen up and rest could prove good for amare.. i think he has more trade value than you think.. bargnani should just go back to italy and save us from his stupidity; felton (you know-fuck that guy)..

  • Tony Curry

    What’s wrong with Byron Scott