Jackson, 68, recently met with Knicks owner James Dolan and planned to make a decision next week, the New York Daily News said, citing an anonymous
The description of the offer was reportedly "more than just a consulting job."
Jackson repeatedly has said he would never coach again, but plenty of Lakers fans want him to return as a consultant to the franchise where he won five championship as a coach before retiring in 2011.
Jackson's name would help attract big-name free agents, an apparent problem spot for a franchise that lost
Magic Johnson recently told The Times he would gladly help the Lakers in pitches to future free agents.
Jackson has never held a front-office position, preferring in the past to work from the sidelines of a game, though he has become increasingly intrigued with accepting a consulting position with the right team, often citing
Ex-players could easily envision Jackson with a job title other than coach.
"I think his knowledge of the game is as good as it gets,"
Said Lakers guard
Jackson won two championships with the Knicks as a player, the only titles the franchise ever earned. They are enduring a miserable season, holding a 23-40 record.
Jackson would have taken a front-office job in Seattle had the
Bryant still out
Kobe Bryant hasn't played since December. He might not play again this season, all part of a new experience for him.
He has appeared in only six games because of a torn Achilles' tendon and fractured knee. His previous career-low was 50 games in 1998-99.
"We have stayed in contact and talked a few days ago," said
"As you get older it takes you longer to heal and I think that's what he is dealing with."
If the Lakers lack motivation over the final six weeks of the season, TNT analyst Reggie Miller has a solution.
They should remember their contract status. Only four players are guaranteed money beyond this season.
"A lot of these guys would be 11th and 12th men or behind the bench in suits and wouldn't be playing on other teams," Miller said after the Lakers were crushed by the Clippers. "You've been given an opportunity to play major minutes for one of the historic franchises in the NBA. You should care."