Carmelo Anthony has been the subject of numerous trade rumors in recent weeks.
The player is in New Orleans at the moment, preparing for the 2014 All-Star game but with his team - the New York Knicks - struggling this season there have been suggestions that Melo could look to leave the franchise.
But during the customary media session which preludes the All-Star game, Anthony refuted claims he will leave New York.
This may not be out of the ordinary for a player still under contract with a team.
But as reported by Yahoo Sports' Marc J. Spears the seven-time All-Star went as far as to say he still wants to retire a Knick and that his priority is to stay.
Melo could still leave the team at the end of the season and is likely to test free agency but emphatically ruled out anything happening before the February 20th deadline:
"I know for a fact I'm not being traded," the small forward was reported to have said.
Anthony is averaging 27.3 points per game this season and his former coach at Syracuse, Jim Boeheim, recently stated his belief he should leave the team if he wants to win championships.
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