Last month, members of the Knicks’ front office made inquiries with the Atlanta Hawks about point guards Jeff Teague and Dennis Schroder, according to league sources familiar with the dialogue. The talks with Atlanta did not progress at the time due to New York’s lack of assets, sources say.
While Jackson said his posture at the trade deadline would be aggressive — “We’re looking to improve the team, no doubt,” he said — he also admitted that he has limited trade assets to get that done. He also mentioned that he has “a couple of players” who are “probably off the table for discussion.” One, of course, is rookie Kristaps Porzingis. “There’s not too many people that ever would say that I would trade Kris,” Jackson said. “Is Carmelo one of those players?” I asked, not knowing whether I’d see Jackson again before the start of the 2016-17 season. “Yeah, I think it is a known fact that Carmelo has a no-trade [clause],” Jackson said. “And we like Kris; everybody likes Kris.”