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Report: If Melo agrees, Nets deal in place

Posted on: February 18, 2011 12:49 pm
Edited on: February 18, 2011 2:32 pm
Report says a tentative Nets-Melo deal is in place, but as always, Melo still has to agree to extension which he has resisted for six months. 
Posted by Matt Moore

The Bergen Record is reporting a tentative deal is in place for Carmelo Anthony to become a Net, pending Anthony's agreement to an extension -- a piece of paper that has become the most ballyhooed document outside of Congress. 

The deal is the same Ken Berger reported on Thursday evening and we discussed Thursday afternoon , reported now by the Record , ESPN , and Yahoo!. It features the Nuggets getting Devin Harris, Derrick Favors and Ben Uzoh, with a third team taking on Troy Murphy. No one's figured out a third team to take Murphy, so either the deal isn't as tentatively "done" as the Record  is reporting or the teams are agreeing to a deal that assumes something they can't really count on. Again, no surprises there, considering how botched this process has been from the beginning. 

So again, the ball is in Melo's court.

Berger reported early Thursday that no talks have been scheduled between Melo and Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov nor with Knicks owner James Dolan. That could change between now and Thursday's media availability, for which we'll have full coverage. 

For Prokhorov to take this meeting is in and of itself revealing of his attitudes as an owner. Apparently enough was not enough. Despite Masai Ujiri playing with the Nets for up to six weeks, agreeing to deals then backtracking and wanting more, the Russian mogul is about to get in bed with Denver again, only this time he's giving up the largest collection of assets yet. It may be the best thing for his business, but you have to wonder how he'd feel about it were he to step back and realize how badly he's been jerked around so far, assuming these reports are accurate. 

Anthony, however, isn't running into this arrangement with open arms. He's having to be convinced to meet with the owner of a National Basketball Association team in a major market that's looking to build a championship around him. If he's convinced, it won't be his whole self that is convinced -- it'll simply be an understanding that this is a compromise that features two of his goals: to play in a bigger market and to get the extension before the CBA is renegotiated. 

And what will be left to help him after the Nets trade away nearly a third of their team? Billups, Vujacic, Humphries and Lopez, with Morrow, Farmar, Outlaw and Stephen Graham off the bench. GET EXCITED, NEW JERSEY. For the remaining year you have before the team bolts to Brooklyn. 

This situation is as perplexing as ever, and should it fall through, Donnie Walsh may need oxygen because he'll be laughing so hard. 


Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2011 2:00 pm

Report: If Melo agrees, Nets deal in place

FirstORLast- you sound like a Knicks fan whos just trying to make himself feel good, by saying what you want to hear. This sounds much more likely than you think.

No way he goes to the Knicks now.

Since: Mar 11, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2011 1:50 pm

Report: If Melo agrees, Nets deal in place

Since: Mar 2, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2011 1:44 pm

Report: If Melo agrees, Nets deal in place

This is only to get the NY Knicks back at the table. Melo wants to be playing in MSG, not in Brooklyn! It'll be Denver for the rest of this year and then he signs w/NY unless by some chance the Nuggets will settle for less and allow NY to take out Galinari and Felton from the deal.

Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2011 1:37 pm

Report: If Melo agrees, Nets deal in place

Since: Jun 19, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2011 1:18 pm

Report: If Melo agrees, Nets deal in place

Any chance they'll take Thabeet off our hands.  We'll throw in a velvet picture of Elvis and a couple of those spiffy TCB necklaces.

Since: Jun 21, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2011 1:11 pm

Report: If Melo agrees, Nets deal in place

I'm not a big Devin Harris fan, Personally I feel he is over-rated. However; I feel that if Brook Lopez, and Carmelo Anthony get into a groove together, they can be a pretty dynamic duo.

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2011 12:57 pm

Report: If Melo agrees, Nets deal in place

Hopefully the Pistons get a chance to send Hamilton to NJ still

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