Prior to his departure from the New York Knicks, their former president of basketball operations, Phil Jackson, wanted to trade away Carmelo Anthony in order to bring in a rebuild for the team.
However, in June earlier this year, Jackson and the Knicks parted ways, ending their three-year relationship, but even though he was gone, Anthony was still traded away by the franchise.
The small forward was traded by New York to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott, and a 2018 second-round draft pick, bringing an end to his six-and-a-half seasons in the Big Apple.
Surprisingly, the Knicks' former president of basketball operations weighed in on the trade in a tweet on his official Twitter account, a tweet which he did, however, later delete.
Jackson said in a tweet which was later deleted: "No, I'm here to comment on the OKC/NY trade, btw I hope it works out well for both parties, which is how trades should work. I'm here for PR."
Jackson and Anthony didn't exactly have the best of relationships during their time together at the Knicks, so it's strange to see his comment on this trade, even if it was later deleted. Jackson wanted Anthony to waive his no-trade clause, which he refused to do at the time.
However, it only took three months after Jackson's departure from the team for Anthony to open up his preferred destinations to more than just the Houston Rockets, as he said earlier this week he would waive his no-trade clause for either the Cleveland Cavaliers or the Thunder. He ended up being traded to the latter.