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The ball is Carmelo Anthony’s court

Should Carmelo Anthony waive his no-trade clause and get out of New York? That is the million-dollar question surrounding the Knicks superstar.

Anthony is frustrated and Phil Jackson seems to be at the center of his frustrations. The frustrations stem from a column written by Charley Rosen, who is a close friend of Jackson, being critical of Anthony, even saying he has “outworn his usefulness in New York.”

Now, some believe that since Rosen is so close to Jackson, that he is echoing Jackson’s thoughts on Anthony. Rosen has come out and said that what he and Jackson talk about have no bearing on what he writes in his columns. You can be the judge of that one.

Anthony didn’t take too kindly when the media was asking him his thoughts on the column Rosen recently wrote.

“If that’s the case, if that’s where it’s coming from, that side, I guess it’s a conversation we should have,” Anthony said Sunday. “If they feel my time in New York is over, I guess that’s a conversation we should have.”

Jackson and Anthony met on Tuesday to discuss the matter. Jackson asked Anthony if he wanted to waive his no-trade clause or remain with the Knicks. Anthony told him that he wanted to remain with the Knicks. Even with that said, the waters are murky at best and the relationship between Jackson and Anthony could be wearing thin.

This pairing was something that many believed could help Anthony finally get a championship ring, but that has not been the case thus far. Last summer, Anthony thought about waiving his no-trade clause last summer, but that was never really an option, because he wanted team to assemble a better team. Jackson went out and traded for Derrick Rose and signed Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee, but that hasn’t  resulted in many win this season.

New York is currently 19-24 and have lost 11 of the last 14 games. The relationship seems to be deteriorating between Anthony and Jackson, so maybe if the Knicks can’t turn it around soon, maybe it’s time for Melo to reconsider waiving his no-trade clause.

Melo holds the ball in his court. The Knicks can’t move him without his blessing. Now, that doesn’t mean he will be moved before the February 23 trade deadline. If this mess of a situation can get resolved, Melo could opt to stick with the Knicks. However, if the situation continues to get messier, Melo should explore his options.

The Knicks might have to bite the bullet and not get all they can for him, if they truly don’t want him there anymore, if in fact Anthony waives his no-trade clause. It is hard to imagine a team gutting their team to acquire Melo this season, especially with Blake Griffin and Chris Paul of the Clippers both being sidelined with injuries.

Regardless of what either camp feels about the other, both should meet face-to-face and discuss the matters in person. Until something comes of this situation, it will just be a giant mess in the Big Apple.

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