People close to Carmelo Anthony believe some of the constant sniping from Phil Jackson has been a way to get him to waive his no-trade clause with the New York Knicks.
Anthony holds the no-trade clause from his new contract signed in 2014 worth $124.9 million over five seasons. Anthony also has a 15 percent trade kicker.
Jackson held an interview a month ago in which he complained about Anthony stopping ball for too long on offense. More recently, Jackson confidant Charley Rosen wrote an article praising Jackson and critical of Anthony.
During their meeting last week, Anthony reiterated to Jackson he wants to remain with the Knicks.
“I don’t know. I’m done kind of worrying about that,” Anthony said. “My only focus is these guys that’s in this locker room, playing with them. I can’t control anything else.”