The Knicks doomed a Carmelo Anthony trade with his no-trade clause

Phil Jackson’s decision to give Melo that provision in 2014 is destroying the Knicks’ leverage.

When Phil Jackson took over the New York Knicks in spring of 2014, the team was mediocre and lottery-bound as the all-in veteran-led supporting cast around Carmelo Anthony crumbled. But the draft offered no silver lining. The Knicks’ pick was owed to Denver, a remnant of the trade that brought Melo to New York in the first place.

Without a chance to infuse youth and promise into the...

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