The Carmelo Anthony era in New York is drawing to a close. It's been over 5 years since Melo came home to New York to save the city by bringing winning basketball back. His first full season with the Knicks was a great success, the best season the franchise has had since the Patrick Ewing era. Unfortunately, the good days of the Melo era in New York were limited, and once Phil Jackson took over it was a total disaster.
Finally, after the third straight losing season, Phil Jackson said Melo's time in New York is up. He stated how the Knicks just can't win with him on the court and he'd be better suited playing elsewhere. Essentially saying that Melo is going to be traded no matter what. Phil is right, the Knicks are 171-239 in 5 full seasons with Melo as their superstar. Here's my problem with this though, Jackson gets his 2yr option picked up, meanwhile he is the one that resigned Melo to the huge deal with the no trade clause. If Melo has to go, so should Phil. Hit the restart button before Phil Jackson screws things up more than he already has.
If you still believe in Phil Jackson the executive I don't understand why since he's done almost nothing to help the team. Hernangomez and Porzingis will be a great front court one day, but the Noah contract, the D-Rose trade, and the Melo resigning were all horrible moves. At the trade deadline he didn't make any moves to acquire more draft picks or improve the team, so how can you possibly believe in this guy after so many failures.
As for Melo's future, he's better off somewhere else. Maybe he'll go to a competitive team and help them win. I certainly can't see him waiving his no trade clause to play for a loser. The ball is in his court, he doesn't have to leave if he doesn't want to, Phil has no choice, however I believe Melo wants to get out of this poisonous relationship that he has with Phil Jackson. He loves New York, but Phil has made it unbearable for Melo to stay, which is exactly what Phil wanted. The Knicks are going to get little return on Melo since Phil Jackson diminished his value by destroying him all season long. Also, making it known you want the player gone isn't goin to make teams overpay for him. Knicks are losers, this should've been done long before, they should've never resigned him to begin with, but it's better to fix it than keep living with your mistake. It's safe to say the Melo era was a complete failure.
Honestly Knick fans just be happy this debacle is winding down. Now the team can finally move forward and maybe just maybe Phil has a plan for the future. Although, I doubt that's the case. Regardless, get ready for the next chapter in the New York Knicks saga.