Report: Carmelo Anthony unhappy with Knicks' draft night moves
According to a report, Melo was not happy with what Phil Jackson and the Knicks did at the draft last night.
The New York Knicks were quite active last night at the NBA Draft. They drafted Latvian center Kristaps Porzingis with the No. 4 pick and traded Tim Hardaway Jr. to the Atlanta Hawks for the 19th overall pick Jerian Grant. These moves got a B+ grade from CBSSSports.com's Sam Vecenie but there was one person who was quite unhappy with how New York's night went - Knicks star Carmelo Anthony.
From Frank Isola of the New York Daily News:
Carmelo, according to source, called Tim Hardaway Jr. late Thursday to express his displeasure with Phil Jackson's draft night moves. Oh boy— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) June 26, 2015
Oh boy indeed.
Isola also notes through a source that Anthony said, "We have to wait three years for this guy?" The guy Anthony is referring to, is Porzingis who even Phil Jackson admits may not help the Knicks right away.
"It was the best upside available to us," Jackson said in a TV interview last night. "We understand it may take a year, but he's willing to work."
Anthony is in the prime of his career and the one true go-to player that the Knicks have. He more than likely would prefer the Knicks to make more "win now" type of moves as he signed a five year deal with New York last summer and doesn't want to be stuck on a rebuilding team for the rest of his career. However, the contract Anthony signed with the Knicks, takes up a large part of their salary cap and prevents them from adding another impact player through free agency.
Jackson on the other hand, is more concerned about the future of the Knicks, which is why he traded away Hardaway and selected Porzinigis. As he said last night, "The proof is what happens five years down the line."
It will be interesting to see how this dynamic between Anthony and Jackson plays out this summer, especially now that the Knicks president seems more concerned about the future and not helping his star out in the present.
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