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Report: Nets in advanced talks for Melo... again.

Posted on: February 17, 2011 8:29 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2011 8:34 pm
 
Conflicting reports surface regarding possible revived Nets-Nuggets talks for Carmelo Anthony.
Posted by Matt Moore

I could have swore we were just here. Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the New Jersey Nets are in "advanced talks" in a huge nine-player, four-pick deal that would shake out as the following: 

New Jersey Nets receive: 

Carmelo Anthony
Chauncey Billups
Renaldo Balkman
Melvin Ely
Shelden Williams.

Denver Nuggets receive:

Derrick Favors
Devin Harris
Troy Murphy
Ben Uzoh
And... four first-round picks.

That is an absurd lump of assets for one player, and if true, shows just how desperate the Nets are to contend immediately. They're giving up Derrick Favors and Harris, along with the expiring contract of Troy Murphy, basically to get Melo and Billups. And that's before you factor in giving up 4 first-rounders. Those picks are likely spread out over the 2011 through 2014 draft (the Nets own the Warriors 2011 pick, lottery protected, as well as their 2012, and the Rockets' 2012 picks), but that's a massive amount of first-rounders to surrender, even for an All-Star, before we look at the value of Harris and Favors. 

However, a spokesperson for Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov Thursday reasserted to the AP that the owner "has not changed his mind" since cutting off talks with the Nuggets over the last deal when the Nets were asking for three first-rounders.  ESPN reported Thursday that the Nets had entered into talks again, and that it was Prokhorov's insistence that the Nets be the ones to open the dialogue again. 

So either Prokhorov's spokesperson is lying or not up to speed, and Prokhorov decided it was fine to deal with Denver if they opened talks, even if it meant talking about an even higher price tag than the last one Prokhorov walked away from, or the Nuggets are trying to apply pressure on New York by fabricating talks with the New Jersey Nets. 

So this is fun. 

Expect things to continue on this track through the weekend and possibly all the way to the deadline. The Melo story has just hit a whole other gear of crazy. 
Comments

Since: Jun 2, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2011 11:47 am
 

Report: Nets in advanced talks for Melo... again.

If denver can pull something off with this madness, they will be grinning like hell!  it looks really like nothing more than high stakes poker at this point.

This could be like dallas trading herschel walker back in the day... who knows if something happens soon with either the knicks or nets, that new denver gm will look pretty smart.  or it could all fall apart, I still think that melo will panic before june and sign the contract with someone.



Since: May 25, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2011 10:20 am
 

Report: Nets in advanced talks for Melo... again.

Wow! could you journalist be a little more creative this is all you guys write about and its really getting annoying.   You people remind me of lemmimgs (if one jumps off a cliff the others blindly follow).  Just be your own person and come up with your own personal stories instead of what everyone is writing about.  Stop being so damn boring.




Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2011 12:37 am
 

Report: Nets in advanced talks for Melo... again.

Unless Carmelo is agreeing to sign a new multi-year contract with New Jersey, I don't see this being legit, and, last we heard, Carmelo had no intentions of agreeing to such a contract with the Nets.



Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2011 12:34 am
 

Report: Nets in advanced talks for Melo... again.

Lets just hope those idiots out there in denver
over play there hand & get nothing for melo...
This as one said would be the worst trade since
the Celtics got Bill Russel or maybe when the Celtics
got the Chief Robert Parrish... Or the Lakers getting
Karem from Mil....




Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2011 10:59 pm
 

Report: Nets in advanced talks for Melo... again.

that'd be the worst trade of all time



Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2011 10:28 pm
 

Report: Nets in advanced talks for Melo... again.

AMAIZING AMOUNT TO GIVE UP ESPECIALLY WHEN MELO WALKS AT THE END OF THE YEAR OVER TO MANHATTAN!



Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2011 9:49 pm
 

Report: Nets in advanced talks for Melo... again.

Yawn!


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