Phil Jackson: ‘Definitely Concerned’ about Carmelo’s Pending Free Agency

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(GREENBURGH, N.Y.) -- New York Knicks team president Phil Jackson is "definitely concerned" that possible free agent and seven-time All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony will take his game to another team next season.

Anthony could opt out of the final year of his contract and become a free agent in July, but Jackson said on Friday that he spoke with Anthony about coming back next season and testing free agency in the summer of 2015.

"I told him it might be a good idea to hang in here and see what it's like for a year and go out the next year," Jackson said. "But that's his option, that's what he's earned, and that's what's part of his contractual agreement. He has the right to do that. But I just offered that as, 'Look, this gives you an opportunity to see how this is going to change, see how we're going to get going, your relationship to the team and the coach and the system or whatever, the system we impose."

Jackson said he remains positive about their chances about bringing back Anthony, but noted it only takes one team to blow Anthony away with an offer.

"It only takes one bidder out there that has the ability and can ruin your hopes and your chances," Jackson said.


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