With or without Carmelo Anthony on the roster, the New York Knicks are going to have no cap room going into the 2014-15 season. But that doesn’t mean Phil Jackson isn’t hopeful that Melo will give the Knicks a hometown discount.
Anthony previously suggested that he’d take less money to re-sign with the Knicks (assuming he opts out of his contract) so they could bring in additional talent. Jackson says he hopes Anthony stays true to his word so the Knicks can be a bit more flexible financially.
But Phil Jackson drew his first line in the sand with Anthony on Wednesday, saying that he hopes the perennial All-Star will be “true to his word” about being willing to accept less money to remain in New York to help the new team president build a championship contender.
Anthony taking less money for the upcoming season isn’t a big deal given the lack of cap space, but come the 2015-16 season the Knicks will be void of many of their albatross contracts and will have money to spend. How much will be determined when/if Anthony opts to return.