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It appears Phil Jackson's days with the Knicks are numbered

Freda Brock | 28 June, 2017, 15:38

No final decision has been made as of Tuesday night, but it sounds like he's as good as gone and could be fired on Wednesday morning.

Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks are expected to announce on Wednesday that they are mutually parting ways, according to a report by The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Conversations about what was best for the team's future between Jackson and Knicks owner James Dolan accelerated this week when the franchise decided it would not buy out embattled forward Carmelo Anthony, sources said.

That will all come to an end as Jackson is on his way out of NY, according to ESPN.

Owner James Dolan has been weighing Jackson's future role running the franchise and seriously considering his dismissal despite two years and $24 million-plus left on his contract, league sources told The Vertical.

Sources indicated to ESPN's Ian Begley that for a significant part of the season, "some close to Dolan had been pushing him to consider firing Jackson".

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Jackson, 71, had two years remaining on a five-year contract he signed in 2014 and had made it clear that he had no intention of staying with the team beyond that, but his handling of Anthony accelerated his departure.

The team missed the playoffs last season for the fourth consecutive year after finishing with a record of 31-51.

As for the 21-year-old Porzingis, Wojnarowski previously reported Jackson was considering trading him after he skipped a season-ending exit meeting because he was "frustrated with the level of dysfunction within the franchise".

The move would end a disastrous four-year relationship between Jackson and the Knicks, with the team failing to reach the postseason. The Knicks seem to need a change of direction, and Dolan not bringing Jackson back as the president would certainly qualify.

Woj says Dolan is concerned about Jackson's plans to lead the Knicks considering the team president was entertaining trades for Kristaps Porzingis. It takes time to rebuild with youth. [That's] something we have to look at as far as going down the road.

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