Mike Woodson expects to be part of the decision-making process if the New York Knicks make a trade between now and the Feb. 20 deadline.
"Again, I like being the coach. I would like to think that if something goes down, I'm sure they will include me," Woodson said Tuesday in an interview on ESPN 98.7 FM's "The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show." "It's been that way since I've been here and I don't see that changing. We just have to let it play out and see what happens."
President/GM Steve Mills, assistant GM Allan Houston and Mark Warkentien, the director of pro personnel, will likely be the chief decision-makers as the Knicks consider offers ahead of the deadline. If they include Woodson in the decision-making process, it could mean he's safe for the rest of the season. Or the Knicks could be trying to be politically correct.
Woodson's job security has been a hot topic throughout the season, most recently following the Knicks' loss to the lowly Milwaukee Bucks last week.
There has been rampant media speculation that Woodson will be fired soon. One report is that the Knicks plan to fire him before the trade deadline. Another is that Woodson knows he will be let go by the All-Star break.
Woodson reiterated Tuesday that he's focused on guiding the Knicks to the playoffs -- not losing his job.
"I still have a job to do. And that's not going to change," Woodson said in the radio interview.
"Like I mentioned yesterday, my preparation, I've come to work happy about being the head coach of the Knicks. And I push my coaching staff, I push myself to try and be better every single day. And the players come in and are ready to go to work. Our job is to make sure that we're prepared and they're prepared when they step out on the floor. That's not ever going to change. I'm going to try to do the best job that I can possibly do."
With or without Woodson, the Knicks will be in discussions with teams leading up to the deadline. They could use an upgrade in the backcourt. But a report on Tuesday by ESPN.com's Marc Stein suggests the team is focused on adding a piece to the frontcourt.
"There's a short window frame here between now and the 20th and I'm sure we'll be talking to teams, I'm sure," Woodson told Smith and Ruocco. "That's just the nature of the business. But are we going to do anything at this point? I just don't know at this point."
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