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Carmelo Anthony seeks 'open dialogue' with Phil Jackson in exit meeting

INDIANAPOLIS -- Carmelo Anthony hopes to get some clarity from his exit meeting with New York Knicks management.

"Just an understanding of kind of a plan, a plan of action of what they're trying to do, what we're trying to do, what we're trying to accomplish here," Anthony said Tuesday. "I don't really have -- I think everybody knows my questions that I have. So it's just a matter of them kind of being transparent with me. We talk. We have an open dialogue, an open conversation, about how we all can get better at this situation moving forward, what I can do to kind of help and kind of fill the holes that we need to fill at this point."

Anthony is expected to meet with team president Phil Jackson, GM Steve Mills and, possibly, other Knicks leadership Thursday as part of his traditional end-of-season meeting (every Knick will have one).

Anthony says he expects the conversation to center on how he can improve as a player and what the organization can do to improve the team. The club has missed the playoffs in three straight seasons and, with its 102-90 loss Tuesday to the Indiana Pacers, have dropped at least 50 games in each of the last two years.

"[The meeting is going] to be open and honest about what's going on, about transparency, how we can make this situation better and what we're going to do to make this situation better," Anthony said. "At the end of the day nobody loves this feeling, nobody wants to lose. We work too hard as players to be in this situation right now. Even though we almost doubled our wins from last year. We made some strides in certain areas. But now we got to continue to build on that."

The 31-year-old Anthony reiterated that he'd like to have input in the team's personnel decisions, including the direction the Knicks take in free agency.

"I want to be a part of that," he said. "If I'm going to be a part of this organization and the future of this organization, then I want to be a part of the decision-making in some way, shape or form."

New York projects to have at least $18 million to spend this summer -- and Anthony is well aware of the players available.

"I look at the list [of free agents] every day. Whether it's for me, whether it's for other teams," he said. "I want to see what other guys are thinking about as far as who they want to get to better their team and where we fit in the free-agency market. I look at that stuff. Those are things I pay close attention to."

One factor to consider in free agency is the Knicks' triangle offense. Kurt Rambis said earlier Tuesday that the club will look for players who fit the offense in free agency.

Anthony was asked about that approach before the Knicks' season-ending game against the Pacers.

"I think that question is kind of twofold," he said. "I think we should go and get the players that Phil [says] can be a part of this system. I think all good players can adapt to whatever system it is out there. I don't want the players that we are trying to go after to put too much into the actual thinking of the system. If you're a ballplayer, you're a ballplayer. You come to work, you play hard, you be part of what we have going on here. Then just like any other system you have to learn."

Anthony says he knows the triangle offense well after playing in it for two seasons. And his numbers reflect that: Anthony averaged 21.8 points and took 18.2 shots per game -- his fewest since 2004-05. He also pulled down 7.7 rebounds per game -- the second-highest average of his career -- and averaged a career-high 4.2 assists.

"As far as having a complete season, I think this was my best season as far as ... really sacrificing a lot for the betterment of the team and betterment of the guys that's on the team, helping the guys out and leading the guys in totally different ways than I have in the past," Anthony said. "I felt good doing that. The response that I've been getting from inside the locker room, my teammates in general, I respect the response I've been getting from that. All of that hard work really paid off for me."

Lastly, Anthony shared his thoughts on the idea that the Knicks could be in the midst of an extended rebuild. Rambis said recently that he thought the Knicks' 17-win season was used as a complete teardown. This season, Rambis said, was the club's first chance to take a step forward.

"I understand that. I understood that because I agreed to come back to be a part of that process," Anthony said of the rebuilding process. "I was here the first day that they started cleaning this thing out and started a new process. Last year was a total disaster as far as the process goes. This year we got a little bit better, a little ahead of that process. Every year the plan is to get better. We've gotten better. We've made some strides this season. I think this offseason is a big offseason for us."