Phil Jackson happy to move forward without Carmelo Anthony

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The future of Carmelo Anthony as a New York Knicks player remains in doubt as the franchise begins to plan for next season.

But, whether their star man decides to stick in NYC or head for free-agency in the coming months, new Knicks president, Phil Jackson, is content that he will be able to build a competitive roster regardless:

"I'm all about moving forward," Jackson told the New York Daily News.

"Just deal with what is and move forward. If it's in the cards, man, are we fortunate. If it's not in the cards, man, are we fortunate. We're going forward anyway," came the 68-year old's response when asked about Melo's future.

Anthony's future was the topic of much discussion in the final few months of the season as the Knicks struggled over the line.

And comments from the 2014 All-Star himself did little to play down the speculation at times.

So, while Jackson is not condemning the star for his actions outright, his words today are clearly a warning that he, and the franchise, are not prepared to be held to ransom by Melo.

The Knicks meanwhile face a busy offseason of rebuilding as they look to improve on a disappointing 2013-14 campaign.

As well as resolving the Anthony situation, Jackson is on the hunt for a new head coach after the dismissal of Mike Woodson last week, and will be seeking a number of key recruits over the summer.

Anthony meanwhile will likely test free agency with the 29-year-old having the option to opt out of his current deal this year.

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