Carmelo Anthony willing to take pay cut to seal Knicks stay

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New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony has revealed he is willing to take a pay cut if it means his side can entice some more star players to Madison Square Garden.

The 29-year-old is currently in limbo regarding his long-term future at the Knicks as he has the option of opting out of the last year of his contract.

Anthony has been linked with the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers over the past few months but is said to be keen on staying in New York.

And Anthony, who helped the Eastern Conference claim a 163-155 win over the Western Conference, has dropped the biggest hint yet that he will sign a new deal with the New York Knicks.

Speaking to the New York Times, Anthony said: “I tell people all the time: If it takes me taking a pay cut, I’ll be the first one on Mr. Dolan’s steps saying, ‘Take my money, let’s build something stronger’.

“As far as the money, it don’t really matter to me. If I go somewhere else, I’ll get paid. If I stay in New York, I’ll get paid.

"So as far as the money goes, that’s not my concern. My concern is being able to compete on a high level, at a championship level, coming at this last stretch of my career.”

The Knicks have failed to meet Anthony's high standards on the court as Mike Woodson's side have failed to replicate the kind of form that saw them seal a place in last season's playoffs.

The Eastern Conference franchise are currently two places off of the playoff spots - having won just 20 games out of a possible 42.

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