For the past NBA season, there were NBA trade rumors running rampant about New York Knicks All-Star Carmelo Anthony. Not only were the rumors going strong from different media sites speculating on possible deals, but there was also the internal struggle involving Anthony and Knicks president phil jackson. However, Anthony stayed put until the close of the regular season, with the Knicks failing to make it to the NBA playoffs. Now it seems Phil Jackson is looking toward the future and Melo may not be a part of that with the New York franchise.

Jackson comments about Melo

On Friday, Jackson made some strong comments regarding Carmelo and the team's future. It appears Jackson and the Knicks' management are going to continue exploring all options going forward as far as what to do with Anthony and their roster.

As ESPN reported, Jackson talked to the media Friday and based on his statement, Carmelo probably isn't part of the Knicks' equation for all that much longer.

"We've not been able to win with [Anthony] on the court at this time. I think the direction with our team is that he's a player that would be better off somewhere else and using his talent somewhere where he can win or chase that championship."

The New York Knicks finished the latest season at 31-51 overall, which had them about 10 games behind the No.

8 seed Chicago Bulls for the playoffs. Charlotte, Detroit, and Miami all finished ahead of New York. With that, the Knicks will likely get a decent lottery pick in June.

Knicks start to rebuild again

It was another failed season in New York so that will mean rebuilding once again. This past season the Knicks added Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah from the Chicago Bulls, as well as Courtney Lee and Brandon Jennings.

Unfortunately, both players had to stop their seasons earlier than they would have liked to due to injury issues.

So that means the 32-year-old All-Star Carmelo Anthony is likely on the move for next season. As for which team he might go to, it seems these days that stars love to align themselves with other stars to try to win a title.

There had been murmurs of Anthony possibly teaming up with the Clippers and Chris Paul. And for a while, trade rumors hit with Anthony going to the Cleveland Cavs. That particular trade speculation was that Anthony would be dealt in exchange for Kevin Love. However, Love is still part of a "Big Three" with Kyrie Irving and LeBron James trying to win another NBA title this postseason.

Either way, don't expect Anthony to be in a Knicks uniform much longer, as NY will try to pick up some new stars via the NBA Draft, or from another team.