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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: Sep 24, 2010
Posted on: September 24, 2010 3:56 pm
 

Nets in four-team talks for Melo (UPDATE)

The Nets were very good with Micheal Ray.  If he finished the season, they would have beat somebody in the playoffs.



Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: September 24, 2010 3:34 pm
 

Nets in four-team talks for Melo (UPDATE)

@ekimyam: "And yet my comment was at 2:38.  Because I saw it on ESPN.comWink"

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



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: September 24, 2010 3:33 pm
 

Nets in four-team talks for Melo (UPDATE)

Mello on the Nets will equal Michael Ray Richardson......Lots of points and Loses.




without all the coke and herion Michael Ray was doing as well.  probably had something to do with the losing.



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: September 24, 2010 3:27 pm
 

Nets in four-team talks for Melo (UPDATE)

IF the Nets can re-sign Carmelo Anthony than this will be a GREAT deal for the Nuggets, great for the Bobcats, great for the Nuggets and ok for the Jazz. The Nuggets would get an Karolinko, but Favors and the pick are the keys in the deal. the Bobcats get the point guard they need and the Nets get Carmelo.



Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: September 24, 2010 3:20 pm
 

Nets in four-team talks for Melo (UPDATE)

"@ekimyam: The story on this site was updated at 2:42p.m. to now reflect that the whole trade is contingent on Carmelo signing a contract extension. Despite this update I will not retract my comments about Isaiah Thomas because he still sucks as a general manager and a 2:42p.m. update can't change anything about that."

And yet my comment was at 2:38.  Because I saw it on ESPN.comWink



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: September 24, 2010 3:13 pm
 

Nets in four-team talks for Melo (UPDATE)

Mello on the Nets will equal Michael Ray Richardson......Lots of points and Loses.



Since: Jun 1, 2010
Posted on: September 24, 2010 3:04 pm
 

Nets in four-team talks for Melo (UPDATE)

this isnt so bad now that i think about it. Farmar, Twill Carmelo Troy Murphy and Brook Lopez. sounds solid to me.  And remember the 1st round pick belongs to Golden State meaning the Nets still will have there own 1st rounder.  Giving up Devin Harris hurts, but its better than giving up every PF they have on their roster.  And remember with expiring contracts of Murphy and Kris Humphries next year, they can be players in FA next year. Well done NJ, feels good to be a fan



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: September 24, 2010 2:58 pm
 

Nets in four-team talks for Melo (UPDATE)

 Wow someone is smoking crack? Does anyone else know of this we should find this one person and put him on an A&E reality show to get help or something. They could turn it into a regular show every week. Wow are you just know hearing of this. What dumpster have you been in since 1976. Someone is smoking crack? Really? Good thing you got this out there with your help we can nip this in the bud. Crisis averted. That you man. God thanks you also.




Since: Apr 17, 2007
Posted on: September 24, 2010 2:55 pm
 

Nets in four-team talks for Melo (UPDATE)

Read the whole article smart guy. It is contingent on Carmelo signing an extension so its not a 1 yr rental



Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: September 24, 2010 2:48 pm
 

Nets in four-team talks for Melo (UPDATE)

@ekimyam: The story on this site was updated at 2:42p.m. to now reflect that the whole trade is contingent on Carmelo signing a contract extension. Despite this update I will not retract my comments about Isaiah Thomas because he still sucks as a general manager and a 2:42p.m. update can't change anything about that.


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