But he said he’s already made up his mind.
“Right now I know physically what I can do,” Jackson said. “That’s something that I don’t think physically I can do.”
Jackson hopes Carmelo Anthony won’t change his mind, either.
Anthony plans to become a free agent this summer and has said he would take less than a maximum salary if it helped build a winning team. Jackson, noting that Tim Duncan and the Miami Heat’s Big Three had sacrificed salary in the past, said he would talk to Anthony about the benefits of doing the same.
“That’s the beginning of team play,” Jackson said.
“It’s really hard to just have one or two top stars, max players, and put together a team with enough talent. You’ve got to have people making sacrifices financially, so we hope that Carmelo is true to his word, and we understand what it’s going to take and we’ll present that to him at that time.”
The Knicks would have to pay Anthony more than $120 million over five years if he insisted on a max contract.
Anthony was one of the only bright spots on a 37-45 team that missed the playoffs. The Knicks would like to keep him.
“I’m all about moving forward. Just deal with what is and move forward,” Jackson said. “If it’s in the cards, man, are we fortunate. If it’s not in the cards, man, are we fortunate. We’re going forward anyway.”
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