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Melo-to-Nets 'still developing' (UPDATE)

Posted on: September 24, 2010 2:20 pm
Edited on: September 25, 2010 11:02 am

A proposed four-team trade that would send Carmelo Anthony to the Nets gained momentum Friday night, with sources telling that New Jersey officials have grown confident that Anthony wouldn't block such a deal.

Two executives involved in the complicated discussions among the Nuggets, Nets, Bobcats and Jazz dismissed a published report saying Anthony had already given his approval. That aspect of the transaction, necessary because the Nets won't trade for Anthony unless he agrees to a contract extension, is "the easy part," one of the execs said. The hard part is the structure of the deal, which ran into a couple of roadblocks over the past 48 hours.

One impediment, sources say, is the Bobcats' refusal to include point guard D.J. Augustin in the trade. The Nets, who will be left without a starting point guard with Devin Harris going to Charlotte in the four-team scenario, don't necessarily view that as a deal-breaker. But sources say the Nets, the team that has been most aggressive in its pursuit of Anthony since it became known six weeks ago he wanted out of Denver, are concerned enough that they are continuing their attempts to pry Augustin from the Bobcats. If they're unsuccessful, another option would be to try to bring in another team.

"It could expand," one of the sources said.

UPDATE: As the Nets began two-a-day practices in New Jersey and the Nuggets prepared for media day in 48 hours, one executive involved in the process said he was "not optimistic" the deal would be finalized Saturday. A second executive with knowledge of the negotiations said the transaction was "still developing," adding that Augustin was still not included in the deal.

"There’s a lot of moving parts in there that could cause it to fall apart," said an executive not involved in the negotiations. "There’s no deal breakers in there, though. If that’s what Denver wants for Carmelo -- I don’t think it's much -- but if that's what they want, they can get it done."

That executive, whose team tried without success to get into the Melo sweepstakes, added, "I'm not sure Melo's sold on Jersey. I think he's worried about going there by himself." If that's the case, one of the road blocks could be determining the likelihood that Chris Paul -- who like Anthony has made noise about wanting to be traded this summer and is represented by Creative Artists Agency -- would be inclined to join him as a free agent in 2012, just in time for the Nets' move to Brooklyn.

"That could very well be the sticking point," the executive said.

The execs involved in the trade discussions were not aware of Anthony signing off on being sent to New Jersey, as reported by the New York Daily News, but would not be surprised given the vibes they've gotten previously from Anthony's team of advisers at CAA, including agents Leon Rose and William Wesley.

The Nuggets, Nets, Bobcats and Jazz began discussing the four-way deal "weeks ago," according to one of the people with knowledge of the talks. The Nuggets, trying to take control of the message and the leverage, accelerated matters in the past 48 hours when GM Masai Ujiri and executive Josh Kroenke -- son of owner Stan Kroenke -- flew to the New York area to meet with Nets officials, sources told Ujiri and Kroenke left the city Friday without finalizing details of the trade, sources said, but all parties agreed to "keep working on it."

Yahoo! Sports reported that Denver was giving Anthony 48 hours to decide whether he'd agree to an extension and be traded to the Nets or stay in Denver.

The Nuggets would get No. 3 overall pick Derrick Favors from the Nets, who would send Harris to the Bobcats and Quinton Ross to the Jazz. Charlotte, in turn, would send Boris Diaw to Utah, which would send Andrei Kirilenko to the Nuggets. Denver also would get a 2012 first-round pick from the Nets, who got the pick from Golden State. The selection is top-seven protected in 2012 and '13 and top-six protected in '14.

With the framework of the deal now public, the Nuggets can use it to solicit better offers from other teams. The Knicks, for example, have taken a patient approach, believing that Anthony wouldn't find a better situation than waiting until after the season and signing as a free agent with New York -- his first choice. Now, the Knicks may be compelled to reignite previous efforts to locate an attractive first-round pick to send to Denver. Newsday reported that Knicks president Donnie Walsh was taking a wait-and-see approach and was not willing to gut his revamped roster to get Anthony.

At the same time, Anthony has something to think about besides simply wanting out of Denver. He has the possibility of a consolation prize -- playing in the New York market, but doing it in New Jersey for the next two years. Given Anthony's displeasure with the instability in Denver -- including the ousting of GM Mark Warkentien and the resulting departure of George Karl's trusted assistant, Tim Grgurich -- that may be a more attractive option. If nothing else, the Nuggets are forcing him to make that call now, before even stepping foot on the court for training camp. If the tactic works, offers will come flooding in from other teams who are looking to get in the sweepstakes.


Since: Sep 6, 2009
Posted on: September 25, 2010 12:46 am

Melo-to-Nets gains momentum (UPDATE)

If the Nuggets can get Favors, Kirileko and Harris in return for Melo, I would make the deal in a heart beat. Melo is a good player, but this deal would make the Nugs a way better team for now and in the future.

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: September 25, 2010 12:30 am

Melo-to-Nets gains momentum (UPDATE)

See if this trade goes through it is yet another piece of crap move by Jazz GM Kevin O'Connor that will be forgotten while everyone praises the job he does.

A)  Why would you even get involved in a deal that MASSIVELY helps your divisional rival?
B)  Why is anyone looking to help the Nuggets, let alone this much if this deal holds?  He's a free agent at the end of the year (read Denver will become desperate to get anything for him)
C)  You can't tell me it's a salary move with Utah because Diaw is massively overpaid too.  At least AK does a whole lot more in Sloan's system than Diaw ever would.

Kevin O'Connor is an idiot.

Melo do not agree to an extension with a train wreck.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: September 25, 2010 12:08 am

Melo-to-Nets gains momentum (UPDATE)

I am kinda liking this idea..finally my 3rd fave team is trying to make a huge move...if I was MJ id get the GM to make a move. I mean what did Diaw do last season?!..yea I dont remember either. Devin Harris is a huge upgrade..i think they find a piece to make up for Boris..shouldnt be too hard.

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: September 24, 2010 11:11 pm

Melo-to-Nets gains momentum (UPDATE)

Could chase Chris Paul and some with the cap space, plus the owner will pay luxury tax for a shot at a ring.

Since: Aug 14, 2008
Posted on: September 24, 2010 9:48 pm

Melo-to-Nets gains momentum (UPDATE)

Possible 5 team deal? You serious? Well, this sucks, ESPN trade Machine only allows up to 4. Now I can't figure out a good 5th team.

Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: September 24, 2010 9:47 pm

Melo-to-Nets gains momentum (UPDATE)

Whoever thinks this wouldnt be a good deal for the Nets isnt watching the Nets.  Yes, I hate to lose Harris, he has lots of potential, but we arent going to win based on our point.  There are several serviceable pg's to be had.  Rookies have potential, but its only that, I've seen many rookies not make the cut when they hit the NBA.  If you watched the Nets last year, they were in almost every game, and when they got to the third quarter, would disappear.  They desperately need a stud who can score points when the opposition starts to take control of the game.  I wont go out on a limb and say the Nets are in the playoffs now, but once you get past the top few teams in the east, the level of competition drops off drastically.  Dont be surprised if you see the Nets pushing the envelope next year, with the cap room to bring in another stud next year.

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: September 24, 2010 9:43 pm

Melo-to-Nets gains momentum (UPDATE)

If you can get Melo, you give up what ever.  Sure those are good players but they are not Carmelo Anthony.  You have to expect this year is a wash on some fronts but you make a huge run at players in the off season.  Melo is a guy where your team can get good real fast with the right role plyaers around him.  Not many squads have a Melo and stars win in the NBA.  Now lure Parker from SA or Chris Paul from New Orleans and look out

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: September 24, 2010 9:42 pm

Melo-to-Nets gains momentum (UPDATE)

The Russian Mark Cuban is starting to put actions behind his words.  Bringing Carmelo will be only the first step.  He will attract others...maybe CP3.  He is not going to be seen getting all involved in the operations, but he will be behind the scenes helping orchestrate getting this team to where he can back up his guarantee of a title in the near future.  I like this move for the Nets.  However, as a Celtics fan, the Eastern Conference just keeps getting better and that scares me.  Miami, Orlando, New Jersey, etc.  The balance of power is not so much in favor of the Western Conference as it has been.

Since: Jan 28, 2008
Posted on: September 24, 2010 9:39 pm

Melo-to-Nets gains momentum (UPDATE)

I like this Melo and T-Will, Lopez, and Troy Murphy, but good god Farmar is awful I'm sorry fellow he is terrible.

Since: Jul 24, 2008
Posted on: September 24, 2010 9:13 pm

Melo-to-Nets gains momentum (UPDATE)

I would first like to thank Carmelo for not Lebronning us and leaving without saying he was going to. At least we get a high-upside guy in Favors and a decent SF in Kirilenko along with a first or two. Thats a heck of a lot better then what the Cavs got! Man I hope that deal goes through because I hate Luol Deng.

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