Jackson says Knicks still awaiting word from Melo

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FILE - JULY 9: According to a report in the New York Daily News, an associate of Carmelo Anthony said he will re-sign with the New York Knicks, barring a last minute reconsideration. NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 16: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks looks on during the second half against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden on December 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Knicks President Phil Jackson was expecting a decision from Carmelo Anthony on Thursday.

''But I expected one yesterday and the day before yesterday,'' Jackson said. ''But no, we're waiting.''

And hoping.

Jackson said he was still expecting good news, although he said he hadn't heard from Anthony since meeting with him a week earlier.

Speaking to reporters at the Knicks' summer league practice in Las Vegas, Jackson said he has texted Anthony a couple of times since then, but hasn't gotten a response. But he felt confident about keeping the All-Star forward after their last discussion.

''I felt really good about my conversation with Carmelo. We really struck a chord,'' Jackson said. ''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.''

The Knicks offered Anthony a maximum level contract, worth nearly $130 million over five years, at their meeting in Los Angeles. Anthony had previously met with Chicago, Houston, Dallas and the Lakers.

Jackson added that he had made perhaps five contract proposals to Anthony. He has said he hopes the NBA's leading scorer in 2012-13 would be open to taking less than the max to allow for more future spending flexibility.

Jackson also confirmed that he had reached out to one of his former players, Pau Gasol. The Lakers star is a free agent and Jackson is interested, even while acknowledging the Knicks have far less money to offer than Gasol is worth.

But Jackson is trying to pitch him on the value of being in New York, even noting the importance to the Spaniard of being in the same city as the United Nations.

''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,'' Jackson said. ''And we can't guarantee that but with him, we'd guarantee a much better chance.''

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Associated Press freelance writer Willie Ramirez in Las Vegas contributed to this report.

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