Carmelo Anthony says he won't be going anywhere before the trade deadline. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/Getty Images)
New York Knicks All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony says he knows that he is not going to be traded and that he would take less money in order to win a championship.
Anthony spoke with reporters Friday about speculation that the Knicks would trade him before the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 20. Anthony has two years left on his contract but can opt out this summer, making him eligible for a five-year, $129 million deal with the Knicks.
"I want to win a championship. If I have to become a free agent in order to do that, then that's what I have to do," Anthony said.
Anthony also said that coach Mike Woodson, whose job status has been up for debate for the past couple of weeks, would be in Memphis on Monday for practice ahead of the team's game against the Grizzlies on Tuesday.
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