The New York Knicks made a big decision yesterday as they fired former head coach Derek Fisher.
Fisher had been in the job for less than two years in New York, but after his side struggled to a 23-31 start to the season, good enough for just 12th in the East, Phil Jackson decided that enough was enough and cut ties with his former player.
Jackson isn't done there, however, as he revealed that the Knicks were looking to make some waves in the trade market before the deadline.
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"We're looking to improve this ballclub, there's no doubt," Jackson said on Monday during a news conference after Fisher's firing, via ESPN. "We know that we have some good guys. The chemistry is pretty good. The talent can still be better. It always can, so we're looking."
That doesn't mean that any stars will be leaving the Big Apple, however. So don't worry Knicks fans, Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis will be staying in Madison Square Garden.
"I think it is a known fact that Carmelo has a no-trade [clause]," Jackson said. "And we like Kris. Everybody likes Kris. There's not too many people that ever would say that I would trade [Kristaps]."
Whilst Melo could elect to waive his no-trade clause, it remains a huge improbability. The small forward seems settled in New York and seeing as he didn't leave the Knicks during free agency it would take a big change of heart for him to leave now.
Whilst the potential of some "significant" trades are certainly exciting for fans, it has to be mentioned that the Knicks hold no real attractive assets.
"Do we sit in a really favorable spot? Probably not," he said. "We don't have a tremendous amount of favorable trade items that are on our roster."