Jim Boeheim believes Carmelo Anthony is open to taking less money if it means he can win.

"In my opinion he wants to win," Syracuse’s head coach told ESPNChicago.com about his former player. "I think that's the bottom line. He realizes that this is his peak; three or four years ahead, where's the best place to go and win? I think he'll take a little less money. I don't think that's that big of an issue. Obviously money is important to all of us.

“But I think Carmelo wants to win,” he said. “I think he wants to get into a place where he feels they have a legitimate chance to win. And I think that will be the driving [force], the thing that drives his decision. But obviously he's enjoyed New York, he likes his time there. But I think he wants to win."

Phil Jackson has said he would like to see Carmelo take less money to remain a Knick and help the team add other players. But what Boeheim is talking about is whether Melo would take significantly less money to sign with another team.

Anthony can sign a five-year, $129.1 million deal with the Knicks. Anthony can receive up to a max of $95.9 million over four years from other teams outside of New York. And if the Heat were able to create cap space to accommodate the Big Three and Melo, Anthony might have to sign a deal in the range of $55 million to $60 million over four years if Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh opt out of their deals.

The chance to win a title could offset how much Melo wants to get paid.