NBA 2016 Rumors: Phil Jackson Opting Out To Return To Los Angeles Next Season?

By Snookie Grawls, Posted: 11/27/16 10:28PM EST

Could another piece of the Los Angeles Lakers puzzle be added soon? Phil Jackson is currently serving as the New York Knicks president for basketball operations but has an opt-out clause effective on July 1, 2017.

Right now, Jackson hasn’t really shown his magic with the Knicks. It is the same old triangle offense he has preached but not even his disciple Derek Fisher was able to carry on his wishes. Is team owner Jim Dolan’s patience growing thin?

Jeff Hornacek is the new head coach of the Knicks though he has not exactly followed Jackson’s wishes to the letter. He claims that he was given some room of leniency though everyone knows the Zen Master once that patented triangle offense employed by hook or by crook.

Right now, there is no word on what Jackson or the Knicks plan to do after this season. If the Knicks disappoint once again, Jackson could be in hot water. Then again, having that opt-out clause or being separated may not be a big deal. The Lakers are allegedly waiting on him, meaning Jackson will eventually be picked up should he go unemployed, CBS reported.

The celebrated opt-out clause was explained in detail by Jackson via ESPN. He claims that it was put in place so that he would not be stuck in New York in the event a lockout happens next Summer. But then again, it could give him the option to jump ship like returning to Los Angeles.

A possible slot Jackson could take over is the one held by his fiancée’s (Jeanie Buss) brother Jim Buss. A lot of that would depend on the performance of the Lakers. Should Los Angeles fall short yet again, Jackson could possibly be considered for the position.

In short, all depends on the performance of the Knicks and the Lakers. If both sputter, Jackson could find himself reuniting with her fiancée in Hollywood and help out former player Luke Walton in whipping up the young crew. Will the triangle still be enforced if ever?

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