Posted April 24, 2014 by Luis Mercado in Sports

Phil Jackson Reportedly Asking Carmelo Anthony To Take Less To Stay With Knicks

Phil Jackson is beginning his spring cleaning as the New York Knicks season is over, and he tries to not only build a winning team, but a winning attitude and organization.

We have already seen him let go former head coach Mike Woodson and his entire staff. We have also seen Jackson go for several members in the front office.

Now its time to see how he can fix the Knicks on the court. Starting with Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony will become a free agent. Now it seems as though Jackson is going to put his money where his mouth is and look to see if the star forward will take less from the team, to stay with the hometown.

According to Ian Begley of ESPN New York,

“I think [there is] a precedent that’s been set,” Jackson said of stars taking less money to join or remain with contending teams. “Because the way things have been structured now financially for teams is that it’s really hard to have one or two top stars or max players, and to 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 will present that to him at that time.” …

Anthony suggested in February that he’d be open to signing a contract for less than the maximum allotment.

Anthony will have to take a long look into what’s more important. To win immediately or to stick it out and put trust in Phil Jackson that he will put a winning team on the court in the near future.

The New York Times brings up a creative and interesting idea to possibly bring a quick run for the Knicks. Trading Carmelo Anthony for Kobe Bryant who is returning from a lost 2013-14 season.

Jackson needs to talk Bryant into somehow joining him in New York for one last great mission in both of their careers: setting the table for the Knicks to win another championship.

One way that can happen is for the Knicks to work out the trade of all trades — Bryant for Carmelo Anthony.

If Melo DOES decide to leave (which I don’t think he will), his best choice would probably be Chicago.

What do you think he will do?