For a swindling theorists who suspicion Knicks boss Phil Jackson usually wanted Carmelo Anthony behind for a right price, usually wanted him if he took a paycut, a Zen Master dispelled a parable Thursday night.
Phil’s all in.
During their final assembly in Los Angeles, Jackson told Anthony he will give him a limit agreement of 5 years, $129 million, that would blow a foe out of a water. Anthony didn’t give Jackson a commitment, nor has he motionless either he will take a tiny paycut a Knicks would prefer.
A joining source told The Post a preference should come over a weekend. Jackson has pronounced giving out max contracts puts “limitations’’ on a bar perplexing to build a pretension winner, yet he showed he can’t means to remove his cornerstone actor for whom a Knicks traded a plantation during a 2010-11 season.
In a method of events done for Hollywood, a Anthony free-agency debate finished Thursday with Jackson and Lakers boss Jeanie Buss squaring off in apart meetings for a heartstrings of Anthony. The dual group presidents are intent to be married.
The under-the-cap Lakers also betrothed Anthony a limit salary, yet that is usually 4 years, $96 million for hostile clubs.
Jackson flew into L.A. with manager Derek Fisher and boss Steve Mills to accommodate with Anthony one final time following a Lakers’ 2 ½-hour display during their use facility. Knicks owners James Dolan was not partial of a Knicks assembly with Anthony.
That Anthony and a Knicks wanted nonetheless another assembly seemed to underscore a team’s favorite status. Anthony did not have a Knicks coronet fly to L.A. to tell them to work out a sign-and-trade with a salary-cap-hindered Bulls, who brought adult a unfolding in that a group could give him $16 million per for 4 years. The best offer a Bulls could make — and keep Taj Gibson — is 4 years, $72.6 million.
Anthony is perplexing to pronounce with giveaway representative Pau Gasol about personification together in New York — not L.A. The Knicks have usually their $3.3 million mini mid-level difference to offer Gasol, who done $19 million final season. But Gasol’s good friend/countryman Jose Calderon is now a Knick and it could set adult a event to play in New York with his brother, core Marc Gasol, a giveaway representative in 2015.
Just as importantly, it shows Anthony still wants to make it work in New York notwithstanding their 37-45 season.
In another twist, it seemed Kobe Bryant would have a final word with Anthony late Thursday night. Bryant didn’t arrive in time for a late-afternoon assembly as he was drifting home from a European vacation. But reportedly he designed to accommodate with Anthony after a Knicks meeting. As he left a Lakers facility, escorted by Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak, Anthony was asked by reporters if he would see Bryant. He responded “We’ll see.’’
“You know we can’t contend anything right now, yet we wanted to stop and contend ‘hey,’ ” Anthony pronounced as he sealed autographs for a handful of Lakers fans.
Bryant has oral with Anthony opposite a final month about a merits of personification in L.A. Last week, Jackson certified Bryant can be “persuasive,” yet a dual spasmodic feuded with a Lakers.
According to media outlets in L.A., film writer Joel Silver was benefaction for a Lakers conference and showed a brief film — patterned after “The Matrix’’ — in loyalty to Anthony.
Silver also spoke to Anthony about avenues he and his wife, La La Vazquez, can take into a party industry, according to ESPNLosAngeles.com.
The Post reported in Tuesday’s editions Vazquez, who has a second home in L.A. with Anthony, doesn’t wish him to leave a Knicks. “There’s reason to trust he’s staying,’’ a source connected to Melo’s middle round told The Post Tuesday.
While Bryant missed a Lakers meeting, Lakers fable James Worthy sat in his place. In May, a Lakers had temperate seductiveness in teaming Anthony with Bryant, disposition toward spending their top income in 2015. But something changed, expected Bryant’s urging.
Bryant is a favorite of Buss and she has referred to these final dual years after Bryant sealed an prolongation as his “farewell tour.’’ Does Melo wish to be partial of that — a bar still with no conduct manager or any bench? Of course, things could change if LeBron James enters a picture.
The Lakers still seem prolonged shots. The Bulls, whom Anthony visited Tuesday, are hampered by cap-space issues. Houston should have a near-max top room if a Rockets boat Jeremy Lin to Philadelphia, yet Anthony is leery of uprooting his family to Texas notwithstanding a intensity Big 3 of him, Dwight Howard and James Harden. Dallas cut into a top space Thursday by re-signing Dirk Nowitzki to a three-year, $30 million understanding and doesn’t seem a critical factor.
Jackson pronounced before a breeze it’s best to have a initial assembly and a final one, that Thursday night’s sit-down is reputed to be unless there’s a dissection of a Miami Big 3.
Jackson prefers Anthony takes reduction than a limit to give him some-more coherence to make a run during 2015 and 2016 giveaway agents. Anthony pronounced during a All-Star mangle he’d be peaceful to do it. But if he wants a max, it’s his. Losing Anthony is too large a black eye for Jackson and a franchise.
This was a third time Jackson has met rigourously with Anthony given a deteriorate finished in mid-April. Anthony also met another time with Knicks officials but Jackson present.
The Knicks have remained assured via a routine since of a complexities of a Bulls’ and Rockets’ salary-cap situations.