Posted by Matt Moore
UPDATE 3:30 p.m. EST: The AP also reports that Anthony denied any meeting with James Dolan, just as Berger had reported.
There are also reports that Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan wants to meet with Anthony this weekend. Anthony said there was no meeting scheduled with him, either, but seems to see the value in talking with a team that's interested in him. "Whether it's Prokhorov or Dolan or (Lakers owner Jerry) Buss, the third team that just came out last week, whoever it is, you would want to sit down and have eye contact with him and get a feeling for him," Anthony said.
If there are talks ongoing, it's being done without bringing Melo in, yet. Which, you know, is unlikely. If Melo's not being honest here, it's a continuation of his strategy of "playing dumb' throughout this process. If he's being honest, he's also not actively pursuing such meetings. Melo continues to play this very cool.
Refuting reports from multiple sources, Carmelo Anthony told the AP today that "no meeting at all" was scheduled with Mikhail Prokhorov or the Nets organization. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported Thursday night no meeting had been scheduled with Anthony and the Nets, or the Knicks.
Granted, considering it seems that absolutely no one is telling the truth in this situation, Melo could in fact have already met with Prokhorov, or have scheduled a meeting, or be on his way to a meeting. But if he's being honest, then that means that a lot of the noise coming out of the Nets camp may not be as reliable, which calls into queston how close the Nets really are to getting him to agree to the extension that would push the trade through.
Newsday reports that it's not just Prokhorov who the Nets are trying to get Melo to meet with, but minority owner Jay-Z. The report also states that Jay-Z is trying to get a deal done Friday, as Saturday he has his annual dinner with close friend LeBron James. Such a busy guy, that H.O.V.A..
The takeaway here is that the Nets deal is probably not nearly as close as some outlets are trying to let on. Our own Ken Berger will keep you updated on the latest, just as he has since this whole Melodrama Melocatastrophe started. . You can follow him on Twitter here.