Melo Says he Would Take a Paycut to Help Knicks Sign More Talent. [Video]
New York Kinks All Star forward Carmelo Anthony is not afraid to loose money in order to help the Knicks win their first championship since the 70’s.
According to ESPN.com,
“Without a doubt,” Anthony said Friday while in New Orleans for All-Star Weekend. “Any opportunity I have to build that up in New York, I’d do it. I told people all the time, always say, ‘If it takes me taking a pay cut, I’ll be the first one on [Knicks owner] Mr. [James] Dolan’s steps saying take my money and let’s build something strong over here.'”
Melo also said though he will test the free agent waters but says that the money is not the issue, winning is.
I’m going to make money. I have money. I’m good if I want to retire right now,” Anthony said in an interview with Sage Steele and Tim Legler on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.”
He expanded on that in an interview with other media in New Orleans.
“As far as the money, it don’t really matter to me,” Anthony said. “If I go somewhere else, I get paid. If I stay in New York, I get paid. As far as the money goes, it’s not my concern.
“My concern is to be able to compete on a high level, a championship level, coming in this last stretch of my career. I want to compete at that level.”
Melo taking less money will certainly give the Knicks enough cap room to help pursue Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo or Timber wolves forward Kevin Love.
Although Melo seems all in to the Knicks franchise now a lot can change in a few months, if the Knicks do not act before the trade deadline on Thursday they will run the risk of loosing their best play and getting nothing in return.
Check out the interview below.