In bringing back Anthony, the Knicks have retained one of the top scorers in the NBA. Anthony averaged 27.4 points per game last season (second-best in the NBA) and a career-high 8.1 rebounds. Anthony is one of only five players to average 25 points per game and six rebounds per game in his career since the NBA merger. Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Karl Malone are the others.
The 30-year-old Anthony has averaged 26.5 points per game since coming to New York in 2011. That's tied with Bernard King for the second-highest scoring average in Knicks history.
Anthony operated heavily in isolation last season, which is not necessarily in concert with Jackson's triangle offense. Jackson said Sunday that Anthony is looking forward to operating within the triangle offense, which is predicated on player movement, spacing and passing.
"I talked to Carmelo a little bit about that in the process. One of the things about the offensive system is you can't try to score every time you catch the ball," Jackson said. "You have to participate and you also have to have guys who are strong enough to know that there's a whole offense to run and guys to all be involved, and if things happen, breakdowns, you need to have that man who can get shots on his own, then you have a guy that's a great bailout guy in Carmelo. So there are two things that go along with that, but I think that's what he's really looking for. He admired San Antonio's game and how they played, and that's the way we want to play."
With Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire ($23.4 million) and Andrea Bargnani ($11.5 million) under contract for 2014-15, the Knicks are expected to be over the salary cap. Jackson had offered Stoudemire and Bargnani in trade talks with several teams in recent days, according to sources. He was unable to find a taker.
Assuming Stoudemire and Bargnani remain under contract, the Knicks will have only the $3.3 million tax payer's exception and veteran's minimum contracts to offer free agents this summer.
Jackson hinted that the Knicks would be prudent with their spending for the rest of the summer but made it clear that he would be looking to balance the guard-heavy roster.
"We've been a taxpayer team for a little bit and we want to limit that. So, we're not just going to foolishly throw money away because it's available to us," Jackson said. "We want to make an appropriate move that brings our team forward."
In the summer of 2015, the Knicks are projected to have at least $20 million in cap space. New York is expected to target the top free agents on the market that summer, a list which could include Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol.
ESPNNewYork.com contributor Fred Katz contributed to this report.