Phil Jackson heads to Turkey; will return prior to NBA Draft

As expected, Phil Jackson will head to Turkey this week for his son’s wedding, but will be returning in time for the upcoming NBA Draft (Isola, June 16th). 

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

The Knicks’ President met with likely free agent to be Carmelo Anthony last week with the likes of Derek Fisher and Steve Mills in Los Angeles. The most pressing matter on Jackson’s offseason to-do list will undoubtedly be attempting to retain the superstar going forward. Anthony’s decision (to remain in or leave the Big Apple, respectively) is sure to set the tone for the summer (and perhaps not to mention, Jackson’s Knickerbocker tenure).

Phil Jackson

There’s plenty to improve upon following an overwhelmingly disappointing campaign for the Knicks last season, but reeling Jackson in as top decision-maker was a rather big play. Still, with that in mind, expectations for the rookie executive are increasingly high as fans remain anxious and hungry for greatness.

Though the team currently owns no pick to speak of, the opportunity to acquire draft selections in the days to come is there. While the cat is away, don’t expect the mice to play all too much. Instead, Steve Mills and co. will likely be working the phones in an attempt to line up potential deals heading into draft day.

There’s plenty of pressure for Jackson to succeed early on, so perhaps not pulling the trigger on anything would be perceived negatively. Making a move (albeit, how minor it may actually be) could prove to go a long way towards allowing fans to maintain faith in Jackson through the crucial weeks ahead.




14 comments
mrdullah
mrdullah

Just read in the previous post that HARDEN was/is a good facilitator...

SMH...

brookdon
brookdon

I think Carmelo wants some sort of draft night move or anything pre free agency that will make us somewhat competitive next year while we wait for cap to clear. Right now our pitch is "suck with this team again another year and maybe we'll sign someone in 2015" which is why he is waffling.

brookdon
brookdon

I think Melo/Harden/Howard would suck unless they get an amazing coach.

A healthy Rose, Noah, Melo with Thibs would win the East next year though. Rose's health is a wild card however.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@AgeesCatch  I'd add at least another future 1st Rd Pk to that deal and still only do it if we'll guaranteed lose Melo for nothing if we don't especially if it'd be to another EC team

brookdon
brookdon

We better demand Parsons if he goes to the Rockets. That deal makes us no better at all. The 25th pick in the draft is basically the only thing we get out of the deal. I want Parsons and future first rounders. Make them bleed because we'd be doing them a favor as they can't afford him in the first place.

brookdon
brookdon

This guy is bound to be overpaid by somebody.

brookdon
brookdon

That deal was nothing lol

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@thatsagoodpoint @brookdon  Hou declined Parson's option so he's a restricted FA so for him to be in the trade it'd have to be another S&T which I don't see working as then Knicks would be paying him market value FA money past next season which they don't want to do

brookdon
brookdon

Golden State to me would be my spot if I were Melo and I was set on leaving NY. Steph-Klay-Melo would drop 120+ a game many games a season and with an semblance of a defensive system would be right up there with SA and OKC

brookdon
brookdon

Melo is in the midst of his prime. He's not taking that large of a paycut for anyone. Duncan took that deal after he made his big money.

Melo's market right now is 17 milli first year plus based on what Chicago and Houston can offer him. Knicks will probably come in at 5 years $100 milli to go with the promise of 2015 as their offer.

Many posters here are making hypotheticals that they wouldn't even do if they were in his position. After the last two years he's had including the Olympics, why take such a drastic paycut? It's not like it's his last NBA deal.