New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony has claimed he is not thinking about his contract situation and insists his focus is on being successful with the Eastern Conference contenders.
Anthony, who won the NBA's scoring title last season and has enjoyed sensational form since arriving at Madison Square Garden from the Denver Nuggets in February 2011, has been the subject of persistent speculation during the summer and has the option to opt out of his current deal in July.
One of the most prominent rumours has concerned a potential move to the Los Angeles Lakers - perhaps the most prestigious outfit in all of American sports - who are believed to have significant cap space to make several eye-catching additions following the climax of the keenly-anticipated 2013/14 campaign.
Many have speculated that Anthony may have to leave New York in order to fulfil his Championship dreams but the player himself, who turned 29 in May, claims he is not going to let such a saga disrupt the coming season.
"I'm not going to go through the season thinking about my contract," he told reporters at the Knicks' annual media day.
"I'm actually under contract now, so I'm not going to think about what I'm going to do. I'm not doing that. When that time comes, I'll deal with it. Until then, my focus is really on being here, being a Knick, doing what I have to do to, hopefully, win a championship."
The Knicks, who finished second in the Eastern Conference last season before being knocked out of the playoffs by the Indiana Pacers, begin their pre-season campaign against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday October 9.
They begin the NBA season with a home clash against the Milwaukee Bucks on October 30.