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Report: Nuggets let Nets negotiate with Carmelo

Posted on: January 16, 2011 9:26 pm
Edited on: January 16, 2011 9:38 pm
The Denver Nuggets have reportedly granted the New Jersey Nets permission to speak to All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony about recent trade proposalscarmelo-anthony and signing a contract extension. Posted by Ben Golliver. reports that the Denver Nuggets have taken an important step towards trading All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony, giving permission to the New Jersey Nets to speak directly with Anthony about the trade and about signing a three-year contract extension. 
A league source said Sunday that the Denver Nuggets have granted the New Jersey Nets permission to speak directly with Carmelo Anthony about the proposed trade that would send Anthony to New Jersey, and about potentially signing the three-year extension that the Nets insist Anthony agree to before they agree to make the deal.
Under normal rules, direct contact with Anthony by Nets officials, up to and including majority owner Mikhail Prokhorov, would be tampering. But if Denver gives New Jersey permission to contact Anthony, the Nets can make their sales pitch to Anthony about their team without being subject to penalties.
This is an unusual move in the NBA, and it speaks to Anthony's unique strength in the long-running trade talks between the Nuggets and the Nets, which most recently included a three-team proposal that also involved the Detroit Pistons. Those talks slowed early last week when Anthony made statements to the effect that he didn't believe a trade was imminent.

The step is a very public sign from the Nuggets that they have not been able to convince Anthony to sign an extension that would keep him in Denver, which had long been assumed. It also appears to signal Anthony's continued reluctance to sign with New Jersey, as it has long been rumored that he wants to join the New York Knicks. Late last week, Anthony said in an interview that it would be his "ultimate dream" to return to play basketball in New York, the city in which he was born.

Now the heavy-duty sales pitch begins. Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov and GM Billy King are able to make their best case directly to Anthony without relying on media or agent intermediaries or worrying about being fined by the NBA league office for improper contact. And Yahoo! Sports reported Sunday that the Nets plan to meet Anthony "early in the week -- prior to Denver's next game on Wednesday." 

New Jersey's pitch will likely include: using Anthony as the centerpiece of a team that will have cap space to attract additional top-end talent in the future, pairing him with promising big man Brook Lopez, moving the team to Brooklyn in the near future to achieve Anthony's goal of playing in front of a hometown crowd, and utilizing Prokhorov's vast fortune and international connections to turn Anthony into a truly global star. Also, rapper Jay-Z is a co-owner. He's pretty cool and appeals to everyone, including NBA All-Stars.

The Nets will also need to convince Anthony that he should be willing to endure a potentially tough stretch during the balance of the season, as the Nets have the second worst record in the Eastern Conference at 10-30, sport a roster that's short on talent and long on question marks, and will be sending a bunch of young talent and draft assets to the Nuggets in a deal that would land Anthony. Even if they landed Anthony tomorrow, it would be an uphill battle during the second half of the season to make the playoffs, even in the weaker Eastern Conference. Also, the Nets will also need to ensure Anthony is happy with new coach Avery Johnson, who is known for a demanding style.

These direct talks don't necessarily mean that a deal will get done, but it's a promising sign given that they come more than a month before the trade deadline. This development shows a professional commitment from all sides that hints that a trade will, eventually, take place.

Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2011 1:35 pm

Report: Nuggets let Nets negotiate with Carmelo

The Nets have been a better team this century then the Knicks. They where in finals twice. They have owner with more money. Plus new areana going to be in Brooklyn where Melo was born (not NYC). Seems he can have what he wants. The Knicks are getting better but still long way to go to contend for a title. Nets with that owners money and new place to play IMO have more chance to contend the next 10 years then Knicks. Does he want to play in NY or for Knicks? Nets are playing in the NY area so it cannot be just wants to play in that area. It's amazing how these owners pamper these players. Tell Melo stay with Denver instead of this circus these owners and media let them create.

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2011 12:33 am

Report: Nuggets let Nets negotiate with Carmelo

The Nets people are going to say how they will build around Melo, something that the Knicks can't say as they are already building around Stoudemire, & that they will try and get Chris Paul in 2012.  I think that should be enough to convince Melo to go to the Nets & complete the deal

Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: January 16, 2011 11:22 pm
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Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2011 11:21 pm

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if melo wants a title he better stay as far away from newark as possible.  that team will never get him to a final , probably wont make the playoffs during his three years there.  when hes done he will be 30 or 31 so if he wants to wait and win one as an older player  playing a smaller role have a ball in nj.  nothing against the nets, they just have no way of becoming competitive in the three years he will be there.  at least if he goes to dallas as a rental doesnt sign he could win, then can sign in ny next year, and with stoutamire and felton, chanldler and  fields have a shot, plus knicks will trade find someone to take galo and randolph for decent value,  still maybe not a championship team but at least hes in the the ballpark. in nj he will get his 30 a night  and search the papers for the nets box score.

Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2011 11:15 pm

Report: Nuggets let Nets negotiate with Carmelo

He will still be a knick. People around the country dont understand what it is like growing up in new york. If you are a basketball fan The knicks were everything to us kids. It was the knicks and the polo grounds Thats all we wanted to watch. THAT IS WHO WE WANTED TO BE. I grew up during a time watching michael jordan kill us every year. Me and anthony is about 4 years off. I can understand why he wants to play only for the knicks. If I had a chance to bring greatness back to the knicks i would also. I would also take less money to do so, The nets are the same team they were 20 years ago you know why Cause they are the nets. Even when they were good they never did anything. The only reason the russian owns them is  the real estate in the deal. All that realestate that rattner was developing. He threw in the nets as plus to sweeten the deal. Now they are asking anthony to come leave a team that can do deep into the playoffs to a team after trading all there picks for the next 3 years to be among the leagues worst. Rebuilding is the right word. I dont think so. I hope he is smarter than that. Same reason no other super star wont sign with them. They got most of there current line up either through the trade or the draft. I remember the nets growing up. Those were the derrick coleman days and the stunk then also.Anthony going to the knicks

Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2011 10:44 pm

Report: Nuggets let Nets negotiate with Carmelo

You are a delusional NY Misfits fan!    Melo to the NETS!

Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2011 10:38 pm

Report: Nuggets let Nets negotiate with Carmelo

I have to give credit to Carmelo for how he has handled all of this.  He is playing hard and really contributing to the Nuggets.  If he really wanted to win, the Nuggets actually give him his greatest chance. 

If the Nets were stating in NJ I don't think he will accept the trade.  With them moving to his hometown of Brooklyn I think he will find himself playing in NJ this year. 

I do wish this story would go away, almost becoming as bad as Labron last year.  At least the the Nuggets won't end up with nothing at the end of the day.  They won't have a top 5 talent but they will at least have something in return.

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2011 10:30 pm

Report: Nuggets let Nets negotiate with Carmelo

Now we'll see what the real deal is: is he chasing the most money or does he really want to play in the ""World's Most Famous Arena"? It's all up to Melo now. I still say he ends up a Knick. It really comes down to whether he'd rather take a few million less to live out his "dream" and play for his favorite team or take max money to play in their shadow for the forseeable future. Hopefully Melo knows that no matter where the Nets play, New York will always belong to the Knicks.

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2011 9:47 pm

Report: Nuggets let Nets negotiate with Carmelo

retarded..this story is lame..the nets will have anthony, and lopez with some cap space available for another superstar, while losing their draft picks..have nothing to play for for years, or he can go to knicks, fulfill his dream, and have chance at title, with knicks talent..he might sacrifice a few million to live his dream..the 20 million per he'll take to live his dream..stop with these writers have a job for no apparent lack common are all gay..i mean that..all writers like men in showers...$%^&

Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2011 9:45 pm

Report: Nuggets let Nets negotiate with Carmelo

Once Anthony turns down the NJ pretenders it will pave the way for a deal to the Knicks at the deadline.

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