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Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum (3) and guard Damian Lillard (0) talk during a break in the action against the Golden State Warriors in the second half of game four of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Moda Center. (Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports)
Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum (3) and guard Damian Lillard (0) talk during a break in the action against the Golden State Warriors in the second half of game four of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Moda Center. (Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports)

It has been reported that Carmelo Anthony no longer wants to play for the Knicks, and the Blazers believe the All-Star forward could play for them next season

Portland, which was supposed to act as a third or fourth team in a potential deal involving the Knicks and Rockets, now could possibly land Anthony, according to Trail Blazers guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum

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As much as the thought of Damian LillardC.J. McCollum, and Carmelo Anthony may sound enticing for the Blazers, it's hard to imagine a deal working out for a couple reasons. 

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Former New York Knicks player Walt Frazier prior to the game between the Utah Jazz and the New York Knicks at EnergySolutions Arena. (Russell Isabella/USA TODAY Sports)
Former New York Knicks player Walt Frazier prior to the game between the Utah Jazz and the New York Knicks at EnergySolutions Arena. (Russell Isabella/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Knicks Hall of Famer Walt "Clyde" Frazier said he was "shocked" by Phil Jackson's firing and hopes forward Carmelo Anthony doesn't hold a grudge against the franchise amid the displeasure with the organization.

In an interview with ESPN's Ian Begley, Frazier said he feels bad that the Knicks, who went 31-51 and missed the postseason for the fourth straight seasons and the 10th time in the past 13 years, have to go through a rebuilding process.

"It seems like every two or three years we start from scratch," Frazier said.

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Melo to the Rockets? 00:03:01
The DNL panel debates the likely hood that Carmelo Anthony will be traded to the Houston Rockets this offseason

Carmelo Anthony does not seek a return to the Knicks next season and has no interest in discussing a future with the team, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Anthony "has made it clear to [the Knicks]: I want to go to Houston, I am not interested in talking to you about being reincorporated back into this New York roster," Wojnarowski said on ESPN.

Blazers guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum are still looking to make a push for the All-Star and believe Anthony is "interested" in considering Portland as a potential option. Lillard told Rip City Radio that he thinks Anthony coming to the Blazers is a "real possibility."

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GEICO SportsNite: Melo 00:03:06
Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry talk about the future of the organization, including the role of Carmelo Anthony.

Carmelo Anthony will not be bought out and "could easily be a part of" the Knicks next year, team president Steve Mills said on Monday.

Mills said the team wanted to "slow down and regroup" regarding a potential trade of Anthony after hiring new GM Scott Perry last week.

"We've been in contact with his reps and other teams," Mills said, adding that "If there's an opportunity that works for Melo and works for us" the team will consider trading him.

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(Joe Camporeale)

ESPYs host, future Hall of Fame QB Peyton Manning, took some shots at the Knicks in his monologue Wednesday night.

Manning didn't have just one joke about the Knicks, but rather several that focused on their debacles from the Charles Oakley incident to Phil Jackson's firing.

"Kristaps Porzingis couldn't believe how dysfunctional it is at Madison Square Garden, and that dude grew up in Latvia," Manning said. "What a terrible year for the Knicks: They had to escort a former legend out of the builidng for acting like a crazy person, and then there was that whole thing with Charles Oakley.

"Phil Jackson's Knicks are the most embarrassing thing to happen to New York sports, and that includes the time Mark Sanchez ran full steam up his teammate's anus and fumbled a football." 

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Rockets C Nene added more fuel to Knicks F Carmelo Anthony possibly joining him in Houston after posting an intriguing Instagram picture, per the NY Post's Kyle Schnitzer. 

The post, which has since been deleted, shows Anthony in a Rockets uniform with Nene alluding to a reunion with his former Denver Nuggets teammate. 

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Knicks are still a mess 00:03:30
After David Griffin withdrew from consideration to be the Knicks' GM, the Daily News Live panel emphasizes the team's dire situation.

Knicks SG Tim Hardaway, Jr., who agreed to a four-year deal worth $71 million last week, wants Carmelo Anthony to remain on the team.

Former Knicks president Phil Jackson had been attempting to trade Anthony prior to parting ways with the organization, and the Knicks are reportedly still trying to trade him even with Jackson gone.

"Yes, we definitely want him back -- no question," Hardaway Jr. said on Monday, according to Ian Begley of ESPN. "Just having that veteran leader out there on the floor, a go-to guy who can get you a bucket any given moment of the game, it's great. It's great to have that. You want to have that. It'll be tough for him to leave. But like I say, he has to do what's best for him and his family."

Some in Anthony's camp, including his wife, La La, have suggested that he wants to remain with the Knicks or be traded somewhere close in order to remain in close proximity to his son.

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GEICO SportsNite: Melo a target? 00:01:03
The Houston Rockets extend James Harden for $228 million and eye adding Carmelo Anthony via trade.

The Houston Rockets signed guard James Harden to a four-year contract extension for about $160 million Saturday, and now reportedly are turning to their attention to acquiring the Knicks' Carmelo Anthony.

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JRSportBrief: Melo to move on? 00:01:22
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR discusses if Carmelo Anthony is finally ready to move on from the Knicks.

Knicks F Carmelo Anthony is reportedly open to waiving his no-trade clause to join either the Rockets or Cavaliers, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarkowski. 

Houston has become the latest candidate to land Anthony as their acquisition of PG Chris Paul has sparked his interest. Paul and Anthony are close friends, and with G James Harden in the mix, there is intrigue. 

The Rockets have had discussions with the Knicks about possible trade scenarios, one involving F Ryan Anderson, but New York isn't keen on picking up the $61.3 million he is owed over the next three years. 

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(Jason Getz)

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim believes the triangle offense is "the worst offense ever," per ESPN's Myron Medcalf. 

Boeheim, who has the second-most wins in NCAA history (1004), thinks Knicks ex-president Phil Jackson didn't have the personnel to run the triangle especially in the case of F Carmelo Anthony. 

"The triangle is the worst offense ever, unless you have Michael [Jordan] or Kobe [Bryant]," Boeheim said. 

Boeheim believes Anthony and the rest of the Knicks roster will continue to struggle in the offense Jackson tried to implement into the team's play for the past four seasons. 

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(Brad Penner)

The Knicks are not expected to pursue Toronto Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri to replace Phil Jackson as team president, according to ESPN.

Hiring Ujiri away from the Raptors likely would've resulted in the Knicks having to send draft pick compensation to Toronto.

It was reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical earlier this week that the Knicks were targeting Ujiri.

The Knicks and Jackson mutually parted ways on Wednesday, with the team buying out the remaining two years and $24 million on his contract.

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Rapaport joins Loud Mouths 00:06:07
Michael Rapaport talks Phil Jackson's dismissal, the Knicks' divided locker room and the futures of Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis.

The Knicks are still committed to trading F Carmelo Anthony, despite parting ways with team president Phil Jacksonreports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, who says the team does not want to buy Anthony out.

Jackson attempted to trade Anthony during the season and had reiterated that desire last week. He also irked Anthony with comments he made during the season about Anthony's style of play.

Prior to Jackson's departure, Anthony's camp had engaged the Knicks in buyout talks, ESPN's Marc Stein reported Tuesday. However, although his camp has discussed a potential buyout, Anthony may wish to stay in New York to be closer to his family

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Loud Mouths talk Jackson, Melo 00:06:25
Dan Graca and Jon Hein offer their take on Phil Jackson's tenure as the Knicks' president and whether Carmelo Anthony plans to stay.

The Knicks and team president Phil Jackson have "mutually agreed to part company," the team announced Wednesday morning.

Knicks owner James Dolan bought out the two years and $24 million remaining on Jackson's contract, reports Stefan Bondy of the NY Daily News.

Bondy notes that the decision to part ways with Jackson was partly due to the feuds Jackson was having with Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis.

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(Tim Fuller)

Knicks F Carmelo Anthony, who has a full no-trade clause, may prefer to stay with the Knicks in order to remain in close proximity to his son, reports Frank Isola of the NY Daily News.

Anthony, who is currently living apart from his wife, La La, no longer has playing in Los Angeles high on his list, notes Isola, who says Anthony recently thought of trying to force a trade to either the 76ers or Wizards in order to keep him close to New York and his son.

La La said during an appearance Tuesday on the Wendy Williams show that Carmelo's main priority is being close to his son.

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Melo a fit for Cavs? 00:02:04
The Loud Mouths debate if Carmelo Anthony or Dwayne Wade would be better for the Cavs and which NY baseball team has the worse injury issues

The Loud Mouths debate if Carmelo Anthony or Dwayne Wade would be better for the Cavs.

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(Adam Hunger)

Pacers F Paul George has reportedly told the team he plans to leave as a free agent after the 2017-18 season, according to the Associated Press.

The Pacers have already spoken to the Cavaliers about a potential George trade, according to ESPN. The Lakers are also a possible destination for George, according to the NY Post.

The Cavaliers -- along with the Celtics and others -- have reportedly been interested in Carmelo Anthony, who the Knicks intend to trade this summer.

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (Tim Fuller)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (Tim Fuller)

If Phi Jackson and the Knicks are unable to find a trade partner for Carmelo Anthony, New York could decide to use the stretch provision on the star forward, according to Marc Berman of the NY Post.

The new collective bargaining agreement kicks in on July 1, and still contains the stretch provision clause. This clause involves waiving a player and spreading his cap hit out past the seasons in which he is under contract.

Anthony has two years and $54.1 million remaining on his five-year deal with New York. If Jackson were to cut Anthony between July 1 and August 31, under the stretch provision, the $54.1 million would be spread evenly onto the cap over the next five seasons.

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(William Perlman)

Knicks owner, James Dolantold Fox 5 Monday that whenever he is asked about the Knicks, he responds by saying, "Ask Phil." 

Dolan continued by saying he has no involvement in the moves his team makes. Rather, he leaves that duty to Knicks president Phil Jackson and general manager Steve Mills.   

This isn't the first time Dolan has made comments like these. He told The Michael Kay Show that he "literally turned over the entire basketball operations to Phil and to Steve (Mills)." 

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Carmelo Anthony (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
Carmelo Anthony (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

It is no secret Knicks president Phil Jackson wants to trade away Carmelo Anthony this offseason, but the number behind it could turn off potential suitors, according to ESPN's Ian Begley. 

Begley mentions Anthony's 15 percent "trade kicker," which sits at $8.1 million. With it being added to his annual salary in trade scenarios, it affects how much a team would need to send out in a trade with the Knicks based on the current collective bargaining agreement. 

The trade kicker is time sensitive in a Melo trade. If he were to be traded before June 30, teams can spread out the $8.1 million evenly between the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. If the trade occurs after July 1, the entire trade kicker must be paid next season.

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( Adam Hunger)

ESPN NBA analyst and former Knicks point guard, Mark Jackson, called Knicks president Phil Jackson a "failure," according to Marc Berman of the NY Post. 

Jackson didn't knock Phil's coaching prowess given his 11 championship rings, but he think he is ruining the Knicks, especially regarding the Carmelo Anthony fiasco.

"As a guy running the New York Knicks, he's done a poor job," Jackson said during an ABC conference call to promote the NBA Finals. "Look at the results. He's been a failure. Carmelo is an outstanding basketball player and handled himself remarkably. At the end of the day, he negotiated a no-trade clause, and he's going about it the wrong way forcing him out. [Anthony has] all the power and he's taking full advantage of it."

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) yells to the crowd after hitting a three-point basket during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) yells to the crowd after hitting a three-point basket during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)

Knicks star Carmelo Anthony picked basketball over balloons yesterday as he decided to spend his 33rd birthday working on his craft. 

Anthony was seen practicing at Life Time Athletic at Sky, a gym in Manhattan that he designed himself, yesterday with former Knicks player development coach Chris Brickley. Melo showed off his signature quick release as he hit pull-up jumpers and threes all over the court. 

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) yells to the crowd after hitting a three-point basket during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) yells to the crowd after hitting a three-point basket during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)

Knicks legend Earl "The Pearl" Monroe thinks Phil Jackson did not give Carmelo Anthony the right complimentary pieces to give the star forward a chance to succeed.

"I thought this team was going to be pretty good with Derrick Rose coming in and Courtney Lee, though I'm not sure he's a starting guard,'' Monroe told Marc Berman of The Post. "But there was no chemistry, not even in the locker room. And Melo, he has done what he was brought here to do.

"Phil needed to put people around him that do what he doesn't do. That's up to management. Melo played up to his strengths and he played up to his weaknesses. He's always been that player. You need to augment him with the right other pieces."

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Mar 1, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic forward Jeff Green (34) defends against New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Mar 1, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic forward Jeff Green (34) defends against New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

Former Knick and team broadcaster Walt Frazier says he doesn't want to see forward Carmelo Anthony leave the Knicks organization, according to ESPN

Frazier says the problem with the Knicks is their defense and not Anthony's play. 

Since the end of the 2016-17 season, team president Phil Jackson has been open about wanting to move Anthony via trade. The veteran has a no-trade clause that will limit New York's options, but Jackson has spoken numerous times about how Anthony would be better off with another organization. 

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(Frank Franklin II/AP)

Knicks president Phil Jackson's comments about Carmelo Anthony are hurting Anthony's trade value, several league executives told Fred Kerber of the NY Post.

Jackson criticized Anthony's style of play during the season, said last month he would be "better off elsewhere," and reiterated last week that the team wants to move on from Anthony.

"Phil made a statement basically that Carmelo's a losing type of player," an Eastern Conference executive told the Post. "Well, if he's a loser for the Knicks, he's going to be a winner someplace else? That obviously didn't help."

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(Andy Marlin)

Phil Jackson once again stated his desire to trade Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony this offseason by commenting on the veteran at the NBA Combine on Friday evening. 

"He has a no trade contract," Jackson said to ESPN reporter Nick Friedell. "I think I expressed what I felt. I can't express it any better. I thought it was well-said, even though a lot of you didn't feel quite that way. 

"But we'd like him to have success, the opportunity is narrowing. We'd just like him to have success somewhere. We're not going to be there. Hopefully we'll be maybe a playoff team next year. It would be tough to consider us a possible champion."

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(Thomas Shea)

Former Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni said an ultimatum from Carmelo Anthony led to his resignation from the Knicks.

After the ultimatum was made, D'Antoni said he "just went in and quit."

"So now it's like, what are we going to do? We could see how to go and I didn't know how to get there and with losing again and you're trying to prod them and you're trying to tell 'em to play harder and all the coach's speak and communication just like deteriorated," D'Antoni recalled of the end of his tenure with the Knicks.

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(Adam Hunger)

Latest Update (May 5)

According to league sources, a trade between the Clippers and Knicks that would send Carmelo Anthony to Los Angeles would only make sense if the Knicks received shooting guard J.J. Redick in a sign-and-trade, along with combo guard Austin Rivers, wing man Wesley Johnson, and perhaps one of New York's two second round picks in next month's NBA Draft, per a report from Marc Berman of the New York Post.

"It's really the only thing that makes sense,'' said one front-office type.

Redick, who is reportedly seeking $16 million per year, would have to agree to join the Knicks in order for this deal to work.

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Mar 1, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic forward Jeff Green (34) defends against New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Mar 1, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic forward Jeff Green (34) defends against New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

Charles Oakley believes it's time for Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks to part ways. 

Speaking to TMZ at a charity event, Oakley said the 10-time All-Star "just needs to get out of New York."

"This city is just you know, so much going on with management," the ex-Knick said. "You know, you deserve better but you have to speak up for yourself."

 

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(AP)

The Knicks will enter the offseason with upwards of $20 million in cap space to pursue free agents, and with the likely departure of Carmelo Anthony, New York will certainly have some holes to fill.

One potential target is Washington's Otto Porter, who averaged 13.4 points on 51.6 percent shooting to go with 6.4 rebounds, all career-highs, and 1.5 assists in 80 games this season. Porter also showed his ability to shoot from long range by going 43.4 percent from the three-point line, another career-best.

Many believe Porter, who is a restricted free agent, will sign a max contract this summer, which could be worth up to $128.2 million over five years.

Another potential Knicks' targert is Chicago's Michael Carter-Williams, who will also be a restricted free agent.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis holds the ball away from Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis holds the ball away from Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis announced he will play for the Latvian national team during this summer's European championships, but did not clear it with the New York organization beforehand, according to the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy.

"Kristaps is in a position to decide for himself on playing for the national side," Porzingis' older brother and agent, Janis, said in Latvian, according to a transcript, when the 21-year-old Knicks forward was asked about New York's role in determining his status for the European championships.

Porzingis, who skipped his exit meeting with president Phil Jackson due to his reported displeasure with the team's handling of Carmelo Anthony, has not spoken with the team since. However, he expressed his will to be a Knick both in the short- and long-term future.

"My next focus is national team,'' Porzingis said, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman. "My third season is still far away. The main thing is to put in a lot of work during the summer to be ready, first for national team, then for next season. The European championships ends before the official NBA camp starts, so I have enough time to turn back to New York. I'll be there on time."

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Porzingis to Play in FIBA 00:01:18
The guys on DNL discuss Knicks young phenom, Kristaps Porzingis and his decision to play for Latvia in this summer's FIBA tournament.

While he loves New York, Kristaps Porzingis made it clear that being in a situation that gives him a chance to win will be the most important factor for the Latvian star when deciding whether or not to re-sign with the Knicks in two years.

"Absolutely, I want to stay here all my career,'' Porzingis said about re-signing in New York, according to the English translation provided by Sporta Avize, a Latvian sports magazine. "But the thing I want most of all is winning. When the time comes, I will seriously start to think about it. Right now I just try to do my best."

Sources say Porzingis is unhappy with Phil Jackson's treatment of Carmelo Anthony. When asked about Anthony's situation with the team, the 21-year old said the media helped exaggerate the tension between Jackson and the veteran forward.

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On the final episode of TheKnicksBlog Podcast, Anthony Donahue and Moke Hamilton run the gamut on everything going down with the Knicks. The guys discuss Phil Jackson's struggles running the organization, Carmelo Anthony's future, Kristaps Porzingis' refusal to meet with the front office, the NBA Draft, and free agency.

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 (Gary A. Vasquez)
(Gary A. Vasquez)

The odds of Carmelo Anthony getting traded to the Celtics could be increasing, surmises Marc Berman in the NY Post.

The Celtics' coaching staff was in favor of trading for Anthony before the deadline, writes Berman, but GM Danny Ainge had "too many reservations" -- one of them being that acquiring Anthony would've given the Celtics little to no cap space this offseason.

Berman suggests if the Celtics lose their first-round playoff series to the Bulls (with Boston, the No. 1 seed, trailing two games to none), Ainge's position could change.

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Melo's Very Bad Year 00:01:19
SNY.tv takes a look at the worst moments of Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony's season.

SNY.tv takes a look at the worst moments of Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony's season.

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(Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports)

Carmelo Anthony has separated from his wife, La La, according to TMZ, who is reporting that Anthony impregnated another woman prior to the separation.

The other woman, a dancer at a gentlemen's club in New York City, has said she's 6 and a half months pregnant.

La La has reportedly moved out of the family home and is living on her own in New York, though neither side has filed divorce papers.

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Knicks drama continues 00:05:47
The Loud Mouths talk Knicks drama, Kristaps Porzingis skipping his exit meeting with the team brass and Carmelo's break up

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive

On Friday, Phil Jackson dismissed the notion that his treatment of and the drama surrounding the Carmelo Anthony situation would impact his reputation or hurt the Knicks' chances with forthcoming free agents.

Prior to that happening, though, Kristaps Porzingis had reportedly skipped out on his exit meeting. Following Jackson's comments, Michelle Roberts of the NBPA released a statement calling Jackson's remarks about Anthony "inappropriate."

At 21 years old, Porzingis may have jumped the gun by being insubordinate. There are other ways to express a feeling or send a message. Nevertheless, what the young gun did was bold. In a way, his actions were an opportunity to stand up for Anthony...

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Stefan Bondy on Carmelo 00:04:24
Stefan Bondy joins the Daily News Live panel to discuss Carmelo Anthony's future (or lack thereof) and legacy with the Knicks.

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive

The Knicks' failures over the last three seasons should be as much of a reflection on Phil Jackson as anyone else. He's failed to put the right pieces in place and his constant retooling has prevented New York from developing any real chemistry. With no reasonable fix in sight, there's little reason to believe he'll be able to turn things around.

Of course, Carmelo Anthony has been at the center of it all, too. One could have expected such a star talent to be the key to the Knicks becoming a competitive franchise again, but that simply hasn't happened. A team needs depth, but it also needs a leader to guide them. However, the front office failed to motivate its leader by showing him they were committed to a winning culture.

With the power of his no trade clause at his hands, Anthony knows he needs to make a decision that will be best for himself and the team...

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Mar 3, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives against Philadelphia 76ers forward Dario Saric (9) during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center. The 76ers won 105-102. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Mar 3, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives against Philadelphia 76ers forward Dario Saric (9) during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center. The 76ers won 105-102. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Kristaps Porzingis declined to attend team exit meetings at the conclusion of the New York Knicks season, Ian Begley of ESPN reported on Friday night. 

Citing team sources, Begley says that the two-year veteran and former first round selection is frustrated with the team's lack of direction. The Knicks failed to make the playoffs for the fourth straight season and only notched a 30-51 record.

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Daily News Live: Phil-Carmelo 00:05:36
The DNL panel sorts through Phil Jackson's wide ranging, end of season press conference where he hinted it was time to move on from Carmelo.
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(Jeff Hanisch (USA Today))

Carmelo Anthony will likely not play in the Knicks' season finale on Wednesday night, head coach Jeff Hornacek said, before weighing in on Anthony's season and potential future in New York.

"I think it's his choice still with his contract," Hornacek told the NY Daily News, alluding to Anthony's no-trade clause. "Every year until guys are gone coaches all assume we're going to have the same team."

It's expected that the Knicks, who attempted to trade Anthony prior to the deadline this season, will make him available this offseason. 

Hornacek said having Anthony around to mentor the team's younger players has "been good at times," adding that Anthony would have to embrace that role if he returns next season...

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(Bill Streicher)

Latest Update (April 7)

11:30AM: Wizards PG Brandon Jennings described the tension between Carmelo Anthony and Phil Jackson as one of the "wildiest" situations he has been in during his eight seasons in the NBA. Jennings added that the issues between the two had an effect on the whole team.

"It definitely took a toll, I think, on the team. Because it wasn't even about basketball anymore, it was more about what was going on with Melo," Jennings said to Ian Begley of ESPN.

Jennings said it was "cool" playing with Anthony, but noted that the Knicks veteran leader was under a lot of pressure "dealing with stuff with Phil."

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks win 00:00:37
Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee and Kyle O'Quinn talk about favorable matchups after the Knicks' 100-91 win over the Chicago Bulls.

Recap

Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points, and the New York Knicks snapped the Chicago Bulls' four-game win streak with a 100-91 victory on Tuesday night.

Courtney Lee had 14 points for New York, and Maurice Ndour added 13 points and 12 rebounds. The Knicks (30-48) had dropped seven of nine.

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Feb 18, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Eastern Conference forward Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks (7) during the NBA All-Star Practice at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 18, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Eastern Conference forward Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks (7) during the NBA All-Star Practice at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

With five games remaining in the season, Carmelo Anthony's tenure in New York could be coming to a close, writes Stefan Body of the NY Daily News.

Anthony, 32, is expected to meet with team president Phil Jackson at the end of the season for an exit interview.

"The chips will be on the table in that meeting," Anthony said regarding how he will approach the meeting.

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Bulls F/G Jimmy Butler will almost certainly be traded this offseason, according to an NBA executive.

Butler, who can opt out of his contract after the 2018-19 season, was dangled in trades prior to the deadline.

The 76ers, Celtics, and Nuggets were among the teams interested in Butler at the time, according to RealGM.

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Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen believes Phil Jackson is to blame for the Knicks' awful season. The former Chicago Bull also offered his support for Carmelo Anthony, and said he thinks it's time for Jackson to move on from the Knicks.

"To be honest with you, I'm going to have to go at my old coach Phil Jackson," Pippen told ESPN's "The Jump." "I think he just hasn't put the right pieces on the floor. I give a lot of credit to Carmelo who is being very professional in getting through these 82 game season. ... But this team just hasn't had it. They haven't had it since Phil Jackson landed there. There hasn't been any upside."

When asked if Jackson should leave the Knicks, Pippen said "yes."

 

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The Daily News Live panel discusses Carmelo Anthony and his future with the Knicks.

The Knicks were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs during Wednesday night's loss to the Heat, making this the fourth consecutive season where New York will not reach the postseason.

"I think today was mathematically [eliminated] but I think the writing was on the wall prior to this," head coach Jeff Hornacek said, according to Newsday. "So the other guys have played a little bit more. Maybe they'll continue to play a little bit more."

Carmelo Anthony, who was the subject of trade rumors before the deadline and is expected to be shopped during the offseason, said he's at peace with the reduced minutes he's been receiving with the team trying to get their younger players more experience.

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The Knicks were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs during Wednesday night's loss to the Heat, making this the fourth consecutive season where New York will not reach the postseason.

"I think today was mathematically [eliminated] but I think the writing was on the wall prior to this," head coach Jeff Hornacek said, according to Newsday. "So the other guys have played a little bit more. Maybe they'll continue to play a little bit more."

Carmelo Anthony, who was the subject of trade rumors before the deadline and is expected to be shopped during the offseason, said he's at peace with the reduced minutes he's been receiving with the team trying to get their younger players more experience.

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Jeff Hornacek hinted to reporters on Monday that the Knicks will be working on upgrading their defense during the offseason.

"I think if you look at our defense this year, we can use some more defensive players," Hornacek told Ian Begley of ESPN. "[Management] will look at that. [General manager] Steve [Mills] and [president] Phil [Jackson] and those guys will look at whatever can help us out. We know we need some help there."

New York has been in the bottom third of the NBA on defense throughout the entire season, which was a significant factor in the team missing the playoffs for the fourth straight season. However the Knicks will have a top-10 pick in this year's draft, and can have nearly $25 million in cap space to spend in free agency, depending on their decision on the future of Derrick Rose with the franchise.

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Carmelo Anthony (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
Carmelo Anthony (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Derrick Rose scored 27 points, Kristaps Porzingis had 25 and the New York Knicks handed the Detroit Pistons another damaging defeat with a 109-95 victory Monday night.

Carmelo Anthony returned from a two-game absence due to a sore left knee and added 21 as the Knicks snapped a five-game losing streak and avoided playoff elimination.

Marcus Morris scored 20 points but Detroit dropped its fourth straight and fell 1 1/2 games behind Miami for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Ish Smith had 15 points while former starting point guard Reggie Jackson didn't play.

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New York Knicks center Joakim Noah warms up before a game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks center Joakim Noah warms up before a game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Knicks will re-evaluate forward Joakim Noah's status to see if he is medically cleared to practice and begin serving his suspension, head coach Jeff Hornacek said to Newsday's Laura Albanese prior to Monday's game against the Detroit Pistons.

Hornacek also said Carmelo Anthony will play after missing the Knicks' past two games with a sore left knee, while Lance Thomas will miss his third straight game with a sore right hip despite an MRI coming back clean.

The NBA suspended Noah 20 games for violating the league's anti-drug policy after he tested positive for a substance found in some over-the-counter supplements, however Noah, who has not played since Feb. 4 due to a left knee injury, won't begin serving the suspension until he is physically able to play.

The Knicks hope Noah can be cleared by Wednesday's game against the Miami Heat, according to ESPN's Ian Begley, meaning he would serve eight games of the suspension this season.

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