While Michele Roberts called for the NBA to discipline Phil Jackson for publicly requesting Carmelo Anthony allow the New York Knicks to trade him, Adam Silver had a differing opinion.
The NBA routinely will fine players who publicly request a trade.
"We did not consider disciplining Phil Jackson for those comments about potentially trading Carmelo," said Silver. "The view of the league is that it’s not reciprocal. Players can’t trade themselves. Teams can trade players. So there’s never been a history in this league of fining a team or disciplining a team executive for talking about trading a player. And that’s all I have to say on that."
Due to the nature of Anthony's no-trade clause, the Knicks need his permission in order to execute a trade and Jackson's comments were essentially a public request for him to do so.