Free agent forward Carmelo Anthony is keeping Phil Jackson waiting by the phone.
The New York Knicks president remained optimistic Thursday that Anthony will choose to remain with his team.
Anthony is believed to have received a maximum contract offer of five years and $129 million from the Knicks. Jackson said the club made him five different offers, according to ESPN.
"The two of us, I think, feel really passionately about what we're trying to get accomplished," Jackson said of Anthony, according to ESPN.
Anthony opted out of his contract on July 1 to become a free agent. Jackson said Anthony has not returned text messages in several days.
"That's the first kingpin we have to have in this whole situation," Jackson said.
The Knicks also have contacted free agent forward Paul Gasol about coming to New York.
"I think he would like to play with Carmelo and I think he would like to play with a winner," said Jackson, who coached Gasol with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Anthony, a seven-time All-Star, made visits to the Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers last week.
According to multiple reports Thursday night, the Bulls were still in the mix for Anthony, who would fill Chicago's need for a scorer.
The Lakers also remain in play. They offered Anthony a four-year, $97 million deal.
Anthony averaged 27.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game last season for the Knicks.