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Melo deal in holding pattern

Posted on: September 25, 2010 8:49 pm
Edited on: September 26, 2010 1:51 am
In the 24 hours since Nuggets general manager Masai Ujiri and executive Josh Kroenke left New York City, where face-to-face negotiations with Nets officials rapidly transformed the Carmelo Anthony saga into a game of who blinks first, the discussions have stalled, according to officials familiar with the situation.

Two people with knowledge of the negotiations described them Saturday as stagnant, with a third person going so far as to say talks were "still developing." Anthony himself, watching the UCLA-Texas game from his Los Angeles home, was said to be telling friends simply that there was nothing new to report.

No news is ever good news with a trade this big and complicated, with stakes this high. And it appears that Denver's strategy to accelerate Anthony's trade demand into a full-blown poker game, with an unofficial deadline of Monday, could be jeopardizing the potential blockbuster that would send Anthony to the Nets.

"With every day that passes," said one executive not actively pursuing Anthony, "the bigger deals fall apart."

The talks were not there yet Saturday, with one source describing the slow-dancing tactic from Denver simply as "part of getting a deal done." But even management sources who've been confident from the beginning that Anthony would sign off on a trade to New Jersey recognize how many other things could go wrong in a trade of this magnitude.

As things stood Saturday, the Nuggets were still getting No. 3 pick Derrick Favors from the Nets and Andrei Kirilenko from the Jazz. Devin Harris would go from the Nets to the Bobcats, who would send Boris Diaw to Utah. New Jersey also would send two first-round picks to Denver -- its own and Golden State's protected first-round pick in 2012 -- and Quinton Ross to the Jazz. Charlotte continued to balk at sending point guard D.J. Augustin to the Nets, and New Jersey officials were seeking to expand the deal in the pursuit of a point guard to replace Harris.

Multiple executives monitoring the Melo developments believe that publicizing the four-team trade talks was an effort on Denver's part to solicit better offers from other teams. However, the list of teams believing they have a shot at getting Anthony to agree to an extension is short; he's made clear from the beginning that his first choice is New York, with Chicago, the Nets and possibly the Clippers also having a chance.

One team clearly not on Anthony's list, Cleveland, deserves to be mentioned nonetheless because sources indicate that Anderson Varejao is among the players Denver has targeted as an acceptable replacement asset for Anthony. The others are Kirilenko, Andre Iguodala and Gerald Wallace, a person with knowledge of the team's strategy said.

The anticipated avalanche of offers, however, did not appear to be forming Saturday. One team with an outside shot at getting Melo's approval was described by sources as "not trying." Also, an executive on the periphery of the talks described Denver's negotiating stance as "delusional."

Anthony's first choice, the Knicks, have the expiring contract of Eddy Curry and young players to offer, but lack the first-round picks Denver is seeking. However, team president Donnie Walsh is said to be in no frenzy to acquire an attractive first-rounder. Sources say Walsh is playing his own game of poker and is unwilling to jeopardize the progress he's made in rebuilding the Knicks' roster and cap position -- a monumental task over the past 2 1-2 years. He also knows that if Anthony wants to come to New York badly enough, he can arrange that as a free agent after the season.

The team with arguably the most attractive first-round pick to offer -- the Clippers, who own a 2011 first-rounder from Minnesota that is unprotected in 2012 -- were nowhere near the Melo talks Saturday, sources said.

While sources who predicted that completing the structure of the deal would be more difficult than getting Anthony's approval to re-sign with the Nets were validated with Saturday's developments, a significant roadblock on the Anthony front still exists. With Favors being sent to Denver in the proposed deal, leaving center Brook Lopez as the only potential All-Star on the roster besides Anthony, the soon-to-be-ex-Nugget was said to be "worried about going there by himself," according to one executive familiar with the situation.

Thus, a significant aspect of what Anthony is mulling is whether Chris Paul -- a fellow client of Creative Artists Agency's Leon Rose-William Wesley tandem -- would be willing to join him there. Anthony, however, would have to wait until 2012 when Paul can become a free agent. That would coincide with the Nets' move to Brooklyn, but a lot can -- and will -- happen between now and then: a new collective bargaining agreement, possibly a lockout, and two seasons for Anthony in Newark, which is only a few miles from the Seventh Avenue entrance to Madison Square Garden but is really light years away.




Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: September 25, 2010 11:13 pm

Melo deal in holding pattern

Melo wants to play for the Knicks, it's that simple.  He will stall this out and ask for a trade mid-season when the asking price comes down and the Knicks won't have to offer as many of Melo's future teammates to get him.  This whole thing with the Nets is a wash, I don;t see Melo signing an extension with that team.  Jay Z is just so desperate for a big market player acquisition, he went bonkers trying to land LeBron, LeBron showed no interest, now he goes for Melo, and Melo really won't be interested either. Why would this guy want to waste his time being a player for the Nets, a team that's at best no better than the Nuggets.  The Knicks are going places in the future, they're just one star shy and one point guard shy of building a consistant year after year playoff team.   

So he stalls, then requests a sign and trade midseason/early next year to the Knicks.

Since: Oct 29, 2008
Posted on: September 25, 2010 10:58 pm

Melo deal in holding pattern

Melo as a Net doesnt make as much money as Melo as a Knick plain and simple--this is not debatable this is a statistical fact that can be backed up by #'s----plus The Knicks are in the middle of manhattan which is a player of his calibers dream----i can see the posters now of Melo leaning up against the Empire State building--much different then the prudential building

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: September 25, 2010 10:48 pm

Melo deal in holding pattern

This guy oviously wrote this  BEFORE UCLA smoked Texas. Fire him!!!!

Since: Nov 2, 2008
Posted on: September 25, 2010 10:39 pm

Melo deal in holding pattern

The Nuggets need to make up there mind and send Melo to Chicago, everyone wins there. Bulls have enough players and draft picks to offer Denver and keep them happy. Melo will have no problem signing long term there. other then that scenerio, the nets get melo for one year and lose everything in return.. no way they do that, N.Y. doesn't have enough player/draft picks to offer Denver... Just get this over with, send Melo to the Bulls!!!!

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: September 25, 2010 10:37 pm

Melo deal in holding pattern

um, actually UCLA beat Texas

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: September 25, 2010 10:23 pm

Melo deal in holding pattern

To be honest, any team that gives anything up for this turd is stupid.  He's a malcontent in Denver where he's been successful, and now he's demanding a trade to a market where he wants to play...where he insists that they make sure to put some talent around him from the get-go, and where he expects a huge contract extension. 

He's already put Denver in a bad spot, and then thinks anyone should believe he won't do it with his new team?

Sorry, but for all his ability I can't see any team actually getting better once they have him. 

Since: Sep 25, 2010
Posted on: September 25, 2010 10:18 pm

Melo deal in holding pattern

If Denver is the one holding up this deal on the Nets, they really are delusional.   If I read the rumored deal correctly, they would be getting Favors (the 3rd overall pick of the recnt draft) AND 2 more first round picks, AND Kirilenko - all in exchange for one player, who hasn't even come close to winning a title yet. What more do they want - you would think they are giving the Nets Bird or Magic. All about publicity no doubt, because they do not want to deal with the fan backlash they will be getting, no matter how much the deal might be in their favor in the long-term.  They should be pretty happy to get this deal - you think Cleveland would be happy now to have gotten three1st-rounders and another player under 30 yrs old in exchange for LeBron ?

Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: September 25, 2010 9:43 pm

Melo deal in holding pattern

Light years away my ARS....  Melo would have the exact same marketing deals as a net then as a knick... With the new regime in the front office in newark, this team is on rise. getting 14/10 from troy murphy wont hurt either. Also no other websites are reporting any stalls in this deal. this is a case of have nothing else to write about.. I get it.. But get this Melo will end up in the 3rd season of the jersey shore.

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