TNT’s David Aldridge is reporting that before Mike D’Antoni and James Dolan agreed to a mutual separation, D’Antoni had tried to convince Dolan to trade Carmelo Anthony to the Nets for Deron Williams.
From Hang Time:
D’Antoni, the source said, had been advocating that the Knicks attempt to trade Anthony to the New Jersey Nets for guard Deron Williams, a deal D’Antoni believed would be beneficial for both franchises. But Dolan categorically declined that request, and the “conflicting visions” between the owner and head coach about Anthony meant there was no way forward.
D’Antoni had hoped the Knicks’ inspired and winning play with Lin as the centerpiece — while Anthony and Stoudemire were injured — would convince Dolan the Knicks could win without Anthony. Bringing Williams from the Nets would also have eases the burden on Lin, D’Antoni believed, allowing Lin to settle into a three-guard rotation.
What a mess. What’s next? Isiah coming back?