Anthony rules out a trade from Knicks, says he would be open to taking less than max contract

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New York Knicks player Carmelo Anthony speaks during the NBA All Star basketball news conference, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in New Orleans. The 63rd annual NBA All Star game will be played Sunday in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Carmelo Anthony says he knows "for a fact" the Knicks won't trade him, and says he would be open to staying in New York for less than a maximum contract.

Anthony has said he plans to become a free agent this summer. The NBA's trade deadline is Thursday, but Anthony ruled out any chance the Knicks would move him to avoid the possibility they could lose him for nothing in July.

New York can pay him around $30 million more than any team, but Anthony says Friday at the NBA's All-Star weekend that money doesn't really matter to him and that his concern "is being able to compete on a high level, at a championship level."

The Knicks are 20-32, one of the league's biggest disappointments after winning the Atlantic Division last season.

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