New York Knicks team president Phil Jackson is starting to feel a little uneasy about Carmelo Anthony‘s decision and in the process is attempting to clear as much salary cap space as possible in an attempt to surround the free agent with talent this season.
The Knicks are trying to unload STAT’s expiring contract to the Philadelphia 76ers, an obvious choice.
Jackson has contacted the Sixers attempting to unload Stoudemire’s contract, but Philly wants an asset in return for absorbing the massive deal, reports Marc Berman of the New York Post. Berman thinks the inclusion of Iman Shumpert might get the deal done.
Clearing Stoudemire’s $23.4 million salary without receiving salary in return would instantly give the Knicks the kind of flexibility they’re after, but such a trade is unlikely to happen without throwing Shumpert in the mix.
As for Bargnani, the Knicks are still shopping the former No. 1 overall pick and turned down a confirmed deal that would have shipped Bargnani’s salary and Tim Hardaway Jr. out of town.
However naturally Jackson wants to hold on to Hardaway and Berman notes that Jackson thinks Bargs could be an asset in the Triangle Offense, so there doesn’t appear to be as much of a rush to get something done.
Yet Jackson and the Knicks now feel panicked about Anthony potentially leaving and are trying their best to unload close to $40 million so they can start to build around him immediately.