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Knicks president Phil Jackson said Wednesday that Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) will need to take less than a maximum contract to allow the team to have spending flexibility in the future.

Anthony has said he'd be willing to take less than a five-year, $129 million deal at max in the past, which would obviously put a huge dent in their salary cap and limit their options to build a contender. The Knicks don't have much else to go on besides that and his name will continue to pop up all offseason. Meanwhlie, he'll be reevaluated for his torn labrum in May.

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The Bulls, Rockets, Lakers and Clippers are among the teams expected to pursue unrestricted free agent Carmelo Anthony.

The Knicks can offer Anthony a five-year, $129 contract. The max he can get from other teams is four years and $95 million. But the Knicks have almost no room to reshape their roster, so re-signing there would not give Anthony his best shot at his stated goal of winning. If he's serious about competing for a title, Melo will take a massive pay cut and sign with Chicago, which could field a starting five of Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Anthony, Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah.

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Carmelo Anthony said on Thursday that he wants to return to the Knicks, but added that he also wants to win next year.

"I want to come back. I also want to win," he said. Whether Melo stays with the Knicks will be a hot topic from now until a decision is made, and while the addition of Phil Jackson gives them some hope, he's also excited to become a free agent. He will likely opt out in July and then start testing the market. Yes, the 'Summer of Melo' is approaching quickly. Melo said on Thursday he doesn't care about the money and just wants to win, while the Knicks can offer him more than any other team - five years, $129 million.

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Carmelo Anthony has been diagnosed with a torn labrum in his right shoulder, but he will not require surgery.

Melo will be re-evaluated in one month and it's very interesting that an MRI revealed the tear only after he'd played in a number of games to help the Knicks' slim chances of making the playoffs. While his toughness is commendable, the Knicks' medical staff and management has some questions to answer about letting their star risk aggravating a serious injury. Carmelo is expected to enter free agency via his early-termination option, and once the playoffs end he'll be the focus of this summer's FA frenzy.

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Mike Woodson said on Tuesday morning that Carmelo Anthony "probably won't" play against the Nets, and that he will likely shut him down for Wednesday, as well.

TNT is getting a dog of a game, as Amare Stoudemire is a game-time decision, while the Nets will be without Shaun Livingston, Mirza Teletovic and Alan Anderson, and also list Deron Williams, Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson as game-time calls. It would take a small miracle to see Melo in uniform at this point, as he deals with a lost season, a sore shoulder and pending free agency.

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Carmelo Anthony missed shootaround on Tuesday in order to have his right shoulder re-examined.

While he hasn't officially been ruled out for tonight's game against the Nets on TNT, it would be fairly shocking to see him play. J.R. Smith might take 50 shots tonight, while it's possible Melo has played his last game for the New York Knicks.

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Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) said that he may have an MRI in the next few days, and he'll consult with Knicks' doctors about a plan for the final two games.

The surprising part is that he hasn't already had an MRI given the uncertain nature of the injury, which has been described as a "strain" and a "dead arm." With potential free agency looming it's conceivable that caution will keep Melo on the sidelines the rest of the way.

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Carmelo Anthony's shoulder injury didn't give him too much trouble vs. the Bulls, as he scored 17 on 7-of-13 shooting in 28 minutes of action.

The Knicks have officially been eliminated from the playoffs, but coach Mike Woodson expects Melo to play in every game down the stretch. "He hasn't indicated to me that he's going to sit down," Woodson said. "That's Melo's. He's been there all year, he's had a helluva season for us." That's somewhat of an understatement, as he's second in the league in scoring at 27.6 points per game.

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Carmelo Anthony said that he might have more tests on his shoulder after the season, but he doesn't believe that it's as serious as the partially torn rotator cuff he suffered last year.

"This year it's not the same. The pain is different," Anthony said. "What is the test going to do at this point? If they say it's really bad, I'm still not going to sit out. I'd rather to wait until it's all over." While his single-minded focus on the playoffs is commendable, his agent must be praying that he doesn't aggravate the injury -- Melo's early-termination option is poised to make him a FA this summer.

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Carmelo Anthony's shoulder wasn't a problem on Friday during a big 108-100 win in Toronto, shooting 8-of-17 from the field for 30 points with eight boards, three assists, three steals and one 3-pointer.

He said his shoulder bothered him on Sunday, but the schedule really helped Melo since that was the Knicks' last game. He was able to get to the line 14 times and really played with a lot of heart. The Knicks needed this win, but the Hawks beating Brooklyn hurts their chances to make the post season. They'll get a tough game against the Bulls on Sunday.