Monday's Knicks Links: Walton declines Jackson's offer

Luke Walton tells Phil Jackson he’s not interested in Knicks’ head coaching job as of now: Luke Walton’s answer to Phil Jackson was thanks, but no thanks – at least for now. According to sources, Jackson reached out to the Golden State assistant in a phone conversation recently, following through on his pledge to only speak to those in his circle – or is it triangle? – about their interest in coaching the Knicks. However, the Daily News learned that Walton told his former Lakers coach he wasn’t currently interested in the job. -- New York Daily News

Luke Walton hasn’t ruled out Knicks after Phil Jackson call: That was fast. Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton already has interviewed with several teams about their head-coaching vacancies, including the Knicks and Nets, according to multiple NBA sources. Walton pulled himself out of consideration for the Nets job and the team announced the hiring of Kenny Atkinson on Sunday. The Post first reported Sunday afternoon Knicks president Phil Jackson already spoke with Walton in a phone interview. -- New York Post

Will Carmelo’s or Phil’s belief win out on Knicks’ guard targets?: There’s one thing Carmelo Anthony and Knicks president Phil Jackson can agree on: The next starting backcourt is more vital than the next head coach. -- New York Post

Phil Jackson talks to Luke Walton about coaching Knicks: Phil Jackson has spoken to current Warriors assistant Luke Walton about the Knicks’ coaching job, a league source confirmed Sunday. -- Newsday