Knicks looking for hometown discount from Anthony
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Potential free agent Carmelo Anthony will be asked to give the New York Knicks a discount on his next contract in order to help build a title contender, team president Phil Jackson said on Wednesday.
Anthony, who finished the 2013-14 NBA season second on the scoring list with an average of 27.4 points a game and was one of the few bright spots in New York's 37-45 campaign, could declare himself a free agent on July 1.
"I'd like to appeal to his better nature about winning," Jackson told reporters at the Knicks practice center. "That's the beginning of team play."
Jackson, the Hall of Fame coach who won a record 11 NBA titles in charge of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, came out of retirement last month to run the Knicks, the team he broke in with as a player.
On Monday, he made a big move to put his stamp on the operation by firing head coach Mike Woodson and the entire coaching staff after the team failed to reach the playoffs.
Jackson, 68, promised a shake-up of the roster after the last game of the season but he made it clear he would like to rebuild with Anthony, who has said he would consider taking less than a maximum salary if it helped to assemble a winning team.
The new Knicks chief has his sales pitch all worked out.
"There's some obvious examples that are out there that I could point to," said Jackson, mentioning Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat's Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh as players who took less money in order to surround themselves with better teammates.
"A precedent has been set. The way things are structured now financially for teams, it's really hard to just have one or two top stars, or max players, and put together a team with enough talent. Continued...