The New York Knicks are optimistic that they can resign Carmelo Anthony and president Phil Jackson is going to his old stomping ground for help. The Knicks are determined to go after Lakers free agent center Pau Gasol and pair him with Anthony (ESPN, June 28).
The Knicks don’t have salary cap room to offer Gasol other than a $4 million exception, but will go after the Spaniard regardless.
The Knicks’ belief that they can resign Anthony boils down to a connection with Jackson and money. The Knicks can offer Anthony a $129 million deal with a full max contract that other teams can’t match. If Anthony leaves without a sign and trade, his max contract is 4-years $95.9 million. Anthony also still loves playing at Madison Square Garden.