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Knicks President Parting Ways with Team

With free agency beginning July 1, embattled owner James Dolan chose to buy out the $24 million left on Jackson’s contract.The Knicks never made it to the playoffs in three seasons under Jackson, who has been vocal about moving star Carmelo Anthony, who has two years and almost $55 million remaining in his contract. He’s also caused controversy with his insistence on running the triangle offense and creating tension with NY’s best two players, Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony.Dolan has concerns about Jackson’s “fitness for the job” in light of the president openly talking about trading Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis ahead of the National Basketball Association draft, the report says. According to Darren Rovell of ESPN, Jackson was paid $60 million during his tenure with the Knicks. Does it bring us two starters and a draft pick, or something that’s even beyond that?Porzingis skipped exit meetings with Jackson and Mills in April because of frustration over the dysfunction and drama surrounding the Knicks.The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who first reported that Dolan was weighing Jackson’s future, amended his report to note that the Dolan-Jackson “partnership could end as soon as Wednesday”.Asked last week on MSG Network what he’d tell Knicks fans who were ‘uneasy’.Despite the latest reports, Begley and Shelburne also noted Dolan said he planned on honoring Jackson’s five-year contract during a radio interview in February.