For all intents and purposes, the New York Knicks’ 2015-16 campaign is over, and the focus has shifted to this summer’s impending free agent chase.
Carmelo Anthony recently met with team president Phil Jackson to discuss the franchise’s murky future, and says he came away feeling encouraged.
Per the NY Times:
Anthony, 31, has three more seasons left on his contract, and he has, at times, expressed frustration and disappointment about losing this season as the Knicks, who seem assured of missing the playoffs, have once again stumbled into irrelevance. […] “The only thing I’m going to say about it, I thought it was a good conversation,” Anthony said late Sunday after the Knicks’ last-second victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. “I thought it was good timing for us to sit down and talk.”
Jackson revealed last week that the two had met. He told reporters that Anthony had seemed committed to the team, that he told Anthony he remained the cornerstone of the team, and that Anthony was engaged in the discussion, asking direct questions. […] “It was more of just an open dialogue, just questions that I had,” Anthony said. “I won’t go into the detail of those questions. It was just good for me to get it out there, talk about it, get his response, get his feedback. That was that.”
“It’s in their court,” Anthony said of the Knicks’ front office and ownership. “The ball is in their court. If they have an opportunity, if we have an opportunity, to do something this off-season, we’ve got to do something. It’s there. Everybody has money this summer, so it’s kind of an even playing field. You just got to hit the ground running.”