Phil Jackson: 'New York Knicks optimistic over Carmelo Anthony'

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony celebrates making a three-pointer against the Atlanta Hawks on January 27, 2013
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New York Knicks president Phil Jackson believes that he has "struck a chord" with free agent forward Carmelo Anthony during contract talks.

New York Knicks president Phil Jackson has said that he feels "really good" following talks with free agent forward Carmelo Anthony.

The 30-year-old opted out of the final year of his contract with the Knicks in order to test free agency, and has been linked with a number of teams, but has not ruled out returning to Madison Square Garden.

Jackson told The AP: "I expected [a decision] yesterday and the day before yesterday. But no, we're waiting.

"I felt really good about my conversation with Carmelo. We really struck a chord. The two of us, I think feel really passionately about what we're trying to get accomplished. It's his ability to stay, be patient, lead and watch us develop a winner.

"He knows what he has here and what is possible and I think he'd like to play with Carmelo and I think he'd like to play for a winner. And we can't guarantee that but with him, we'd guarantee a much better chance."

The Knicks have reportedly offered Anthony a maximum contract worth almost $130m (£76m) over five years.

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony celebrates making a three-pointer against the Atlanta Hawks on January 27, 2013
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