However at the end of the day, the decision whether to return to New York or not is all up to ‘Melo.
Anthony stated earlier in the year that he wanted to see a plan in place and it looks as if the Knicks are ready to present ‘Melo with that plan as they will attempt to sell him on losing.
For a guy who just missed the playoffs for the first time in his career, pitching more losing to Anthony isn’t exactly a great selling point, but given their lack of salary cap room and draft picks, it is really all Jackson and company can do.
According to Marc Berman of The New York Post, the Knicks plan is to re-sign Anthony this summer, bottom out in the 2014-15 standings, clear the contracts of Amar’e Stoudemire, Andrea Bargnani, and Tyson Chandler, then make a big free agent signing during the summer of 2015.
The contracts of Stoudemire ($23 million), Chandler ($14 million) and Bargnani ($11.5 million) all come off the books after next season giving the Knicks a load of cap space for 2015. And if Anthony is truthful about being willing to take a pay cut to stay in New York, the Knicks will have cap flexibility for 2016 as well.
However it all depends on whether or not Jackson can convince Anthony to stay.
Anthony has talked about his desire to win a championship all season.
Will he be willing to sit through another losing season next year, one that could be potentially worse than this one, in order to see Jackson’s plan through?
Only time will tell as we will get that answer in the upcoming months.