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Nets, Nuggets have re-opened Carmelo talks

Posted on: February 16, 2011 6:50 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2011 7:10 pm
The Denver Nuggets and New Jersey Nets have reportedly re-opened Carmelo Anthony trade talks. Posted by Ben Golliver. carmelo-anthony

This was bound to happen eventually despite the hardcore bluffing. The Denver Nuggets and New Jersey Nets have reportedly re-opened trade talks for Nuggets All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony although there are conflicting reports about which side initiated conversations.

The Bergen Record reports: "According to sources, the Nets and Nuggets have talked recently about Carmelo Anthony. Not sure who initiated the conversations, but they have spoken recently."

Yahoo! Sports reports the same.
Less than a month after the New Jersey Nets pulled out of trade talks, the Denver Nuggets have re-engaged the Nets in discussions on a blockbuster deal for Carmelo Anthony, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
One source described talks as “progressing” and said they have been ongoing between Denver and New Jersey officials over a week. While the precise package being discussed was unclear, sources said talks have centered on a scaled-down package that still includes rookie forward Derrick Favors and draft picks.
Ken Berger of reports: "Person familiar with Nuggets-Nets talks describes them as "exploratory" on Denver's part. On scale of 1-5, source says, 'Back to level 1.'" reports: "Sources say Denver and NJ began Melo trade talks again about a week ago. Source says NJ 1st to reach out. No meeting between Melo & NJ set yet."

Back on Jan. 19, Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov dramatically pulled his franchise out of the Anthony sweepstakes, stating that he was unhappy how the negotiations had been handled. As recently as Monday, the two sides had reportedly not yet re-engaged.

The Nets, of course, had reportedly put the best offer on the table for Anthony, a deal that included multiple draft picks, cap relief and a promising young big man in Derrick Favors. The offer fulfilled all of the requirements for a best case scenario for Denver: get good value, get assets, get younger and save money. 

The biggest issue, as always, is whether Anthony will agree to sign an extension with the Nets. If not, the Nets' desire for him and their offer will diminish considerably. As the deadline has gotten closer, however, Anthony has had to confront the possibility of entering the summer without a lucractive contract extension. Perhaps that pressure will make him take a second look at the Nets?

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: March 28, 2011 6:10 pm

Nets, Nuggets have re-opened Carmelo talks

f u

Since: Jan 24, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2011 7:40 pm

Nets, Nuggets have re-opened Carmelo talks

Since: Jan 24, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2011 6:45 pm

Nets, Nuggets have re-opened Carmelo talks

hahaha never going to happen Boys, But i too wish the jazz would shake it up Melo an interesting thought. I think hes headed for NY or NJ., or La even.

Since: Feb 11, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2011 6:09 pm

Nets, Nuggets have re-opened Carmelo talks

Since: Jul 11, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2011 5:33 pm

Nets, Nuggets have re-opened Carmelo talks

Melo is not "screwing" Denver. He is exercisng his right to chose where he plays. His contract is up and it is his right to go play where he wants to. Just like it's your right to quit Lowes and go work at Walmart.

How do you know what the new league salary will be?The league doesn't even know yet. Secondly if Melo does go to New York there are plenty of deals for him to make up the money he "lost" by not staying in Denver.

Since: Mar 11, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2011 2:34 pm

Nets, Nuggets have re-opened Carmelo talks

the Jazz would like you, Melo , take Williams off our Hands and give us a acouple of draft choices...we neen a Leader in Utah, The Captain (Sloan) Is gone, and the baby he was sitting needs to goooo.

Since: Dec 16, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2011 1:50 pm

Nets, Nuggets have re-opened Carmelo talks

If Denver cant get what they want they should trade him to a team that wont sign him to an extension or hold onto him and let him leave next year. If they do that Melo gets screwed because he will lose 3 years $65million. If he goes to NY as a free agent he cant get $22 million a year. The new league salary will be around a max of $14-$15 million a year. He will lose around $20 million and should. So really Melo has no power unless Denver is so desperate that they give in and trade him to NY just to make him happy and get something in return. He is screwing Denver, so Denver should screw him and not getting all the money he can will hurt Melo more then Denver losing Melo and having to rebuild! 

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2011 12:20 pm

Nets, Nuggets have re-opened Carmelo talks

NY Hater---- I loved reading your post.  You have no idea how dumb you made yourself look.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2011 11:14 am

Nets, Nuggets have re-opened Carmelo talks

Wait.  I thought the Nuggets had NO CHOICE but to trade him to the Knicks?  This is hilarious!  The Knicks are the worst run franchise in sports.  Yeah, Donnie Walsh is playing it smart.  Just give Denver garbage and we'll get their best player.  
As dumb as the Knicks are being you'd think they'd be stupid enough to hire someone like Isaiah Thomas.  OH WAIT!!!!!  

Since: Jul 4, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2011 11:11 am

It's a Game of Chicken, but not with Donnie Walsh

The Nuggets are smart. They realize that they cannot allow Carmelo to leave for nothing. It would be devastating to their franchise for him to become a free agent and to only get a trade exception for him like Cleveland and Toronto got for their stars.  Furthermore, Denver realizes they are not going to defeat Donnie Walsh in a negotiation of this magnitude. So the Nuggets won't play chicken with the Knicks. Instead, all their focus is on 1 person, Carmelo Anthony.

Sure, the Nuggets like the Nets assets a whole lot better. But these Nets deals aren't to force the Knicks into giving up more. Donnie Walsh can always hold Denver under the gun at the final minute and make a fleecing. No, these Nets deals are in hopes of pressuring Carmelo Anthony to succumb to his desires for the extension. The game of chicken is between Ownership and Player. I just hope it's not a microcosm of what's to come in the CBA negotiations in both the NBA and NFL. As a Knicks fan, I now can see what Denver is doing. Hell, what's the cost for the Nets to play along. They should make their best offer again. If Melo takes it, then it's a home run. If Melo doesn't, then so what? The Nets can't lose any games during this week's worth of negotiations. In fact, the Nets are going to shake up their roster regardless. So Prokhorov has nothing to lose and everything to gain by re-entering the talks. The Nuggets don't think they'll fool Donnie Walsh. But Carmelo Anthony, that's another story.

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