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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 CBSSports.com 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 CBSSports.com. 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.


Comments

Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: September 24, 2010 8:20 pm
 

Nets in four-team talks for Melo (UPDATE)

Not a big fan of AK47...hurt too often and seems to take plays off IMHO. But, WHATEVER it takes to get Melo out of town...DO IT!




Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: September 24, 2010 5:48 pm
 

Nets in four-team talks for Melo (UPDATE)

Jordan Farmar, backed up by DJ Augustin & TWill, will hold the fort for this year.
is DJ Augustin part of the deal??? if he is it's a great deal for the Nets.

So the Nets roster would be:
PG - ?
SG - ?
SF - Melo
PF - ?
C - Lopez
The Nets roster would be:
PG-Farmer (former Laker, step down)
SG-Williams (even without the Melo trade this position was like this)
SF-Carmelo Anthony (fixed the SF position)
PF-Either Troy Murphy or Lopez
C-Either Murphy or Lopez.




Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: September 24, 2010 5:06 pm
 

Nets in four-team talks for Melo (UPDATE)

So the Nets roster would be:
PG - ?
SG - ?
SF - Melo
PF - ?
C - Lopez




Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: September 24, 2010 4:56 pm
 

Nets in four-team talks for Melo (UPDATE)

I think is good for every team involved.  Jersey will be smaller but they will raise attendance ($$$) and maybe they dont have big names but they have a solid young group there. TWill is not a joke and Murphy with Lopez are solid under the basket. The departure of Harris for me is not a big deal because he is an injury prone player.  Farmar can do a lot of damages playing consistent minutes and doesnt get injured that often.  I like what the Bobcats are doing, they will have a good scoring squad in comparison with last year.  The Jazz are set after this because Diaw will give them a good balance punch from the bench or playing the SF position in a regular basis.  Denver getting Favor and Kirilenko are gonna provided a lot of defense, the issue is; the probable departing of Smith (i think that after this trade of Melo, they will stay put with him).  I like this move in general terms.



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: September 24, 2010 4:49 pm
 

Nets in four-team talks for Melo (UPDATE)

hey scrubbo, losses. Hard to build a reputation when you can't spell homes....



Since: Sep 24, 2010
Posted on: September 24, 2010 4:22 pm
 

Nets in four-team talks for Melo (UPDATE)

I forgot about Ben Uzoh, who now would have a decent shot at making the team.



Since: Sep 24, 2010
Posted on: September 24, 2010 4:02 pm
 

Nets in four-team talks for Melo (UPDATE)

Next year - Chris Paul!



Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: September 24, 2010 4:00 pm
 

Nets in four-team talks for Melo (UPDATE)

@Eugene:  Ken Berger probably saw it on ESPN.com as well at 2:40p.m. and rushed to update his entry Embarassed.


Exactly!  LOL!



Since: Sep 24, 2010
Posted on: September 24, 2010 4:00 pm
 

Nets in four-team talks for Melo (UPDATE)

They will focus next on CP3.  Jordan Farmar, backed up by DJ Augustin & TWill, will hold the fort for this year.  They still have a hole to fill at PF, presuming Murphy doesn't really blossom this year.



Since: Sep 24, 2010
Posted on: September 24, 2010 3:58 pm
 

Nets in four-team talks for Melo (UPDATE)

There will be no deal if it's just one year.  He has to sign the extension.


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