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Nets' Melo talks are contradicting as always

Posted on: February 19, 2011 4:47 pm
Edited on: February 19, 2011 8:21 pm
Nets owner releases statement he will not meet with Carmelo Anthony as report surfaces Anthony has yet again informed those close to him he will not sign an extension to play for New Jersey. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Update 8:10 p.m.: The New York Daily News is reporting that Melo will meet with Prokhorov tonight. Of course they are. Yahoo! confirms the report. Of course they do. Melo and Prokhorov have been lying through their teeth about these meetings all weekend, so this doesn't come as a shock. But Melo's consistently been reported to be very reticent about joining the Nets. If Prokhorov has his audience, he's got one shot to salvage this thing. 

It certainly looks like the Russian got played. Again. Significant developments occurred Saturday to indicate that the Nets' revived efforts to trade for Carmelo Anthony are either dead, or dying.  Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov released a statement through his spokesperson Saturday afternoon saying: 
Mikhail has not met with and has no plans to meet with Carmelo Anthony. He is looking forward to enjoying All Star Weekend. We will have nothing else to add on this.
via The Bergen Record: In the 'Zzone.

Anthony confirmed to NBA FanHouse that he had no plans to meet with Prokhorov, either. 

This is then followed by a report from the New York Times that Anthony has, once again, reasserted that he will not sign an extension in the event of a trade to the New Jersey Nets, effectively eliminating them from the race, if accurate. This has been Anthony's position for a while as's Ken Berger has reported. And by "fora while", I mean "since September." Throughout multiple efforts by the Nets to acquire Anthony, each time he has backed away from the idea of signing the extension with the Nets. And each time the Nets have come crawling back through the door, even after Prokhorov said he was done the first time. 

So the Times reports Anthony won't sign the extension, and in the same time frame Prokhorov releases a statement saying he has not met and will not meet with Anthony.  That's the sound of damage control.  

Honestly, Prokhorov should never have OK'd anyone from the Nets to get involved again. From the beginning there was talk that the Nuggets were using the Nets to apply pressure on the Knicks to beef up their offer,  a plan which seems to have worked. The Nets swallowed their pride in the hopes of getting the superstar they've covete, and instead have wound up as nothing more than a pawn for the Nuggets to extract more assets from the Knicks, when the Knicks know they maintain leverage.  The Nets now look weak from multiple angles, as a franchise free agents don't want to play for, as a front office easily manipulated, and a team desperate to gut its roster for a star who at the very least is signficantly reticent to join them. Having secret meetings while denying any involvement doesn't really work if everyone and the world knows that Jay-Z is in town and looking to meet with Prokhorov and Anthony. Even if the Nets do land Melo, it's been a bungled approach from the start, and that's before you consider they've essentially offered all the tea in China for him to the Nuggets. And even that hasn't achieved their goal. 

Then again, every report that comes out contradicts the one before it, so Anthony could be a Net by sundown and I wouldn't be surprised. The Knicks' latest offer includes Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, and a first round draft pick via Minnesota (in exchange for Anthony Randolph). 


Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2011 5:00 pm

Nets' Melo talks are contradicting as always

Confident that a Friday night meeting between Anthony, his representatives, and a contingent led by Russian owner Mikhail Prokhorov and hip-hop mogul Jay-Z did not result in a commitment from Anthony to sign an extension with New Jersey, the Knicks are drawing the line. They are not offering rookie or Russian center , two pieces Denver has asked for at various times in the negotiations, sources said.

Well that is good to read. Then the Trade we hear is all that is being offered. We will need Fields and Mozgove to go with Stoudamire-Melo-and Billups. I just hope this all ends tonight and we know who is on the Knicks. I am hoping this Trade happens as I cannot stand to watch this Year the Knicks not make Playoffs or get in and get killed the 1ST Round

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2011 3:01 pm

Nets' Melo talks are contradicting as always

Urgirlwitmenow-  I do agree with your statement about both being not very defensive and that will be a problem. As far as the two sharing the ball bringing down thier scoring I have to disagree with that. Only Billups will be doing most of the shooting with the remaining (3 Players starting) Billups/ Fields and whoever is starting at Center. That leaves Stoudamire and Melo free to shoot shoot shoot shoot. I still like the trade and I say get it done. Chandler will be missed off Bench but something has to give to get a Superstar.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2011 1:46 pm

Nets' Melo talks are contradicting as always

Rebel, most people who study statistics or logic would tell you when you have two star players insted of one...both of their stats go Amare will go down to about 23pts like he did in Phx, Melo would go down to around's called sharing the ball.

And you should know, Amare at PF and Melo at SF are considered at the bottom of the league in defense for their respective positions...for every point they score they give up on the same on the defensive end. 

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2011 10:14 am

Nets' Melo talks are contradicting as always

They're averaging 106 per game right now.  So you're basically saying adding Melo would cost the Knicks 2 points per game.
Who the hell are you?  Isiah Thomas?

Are you kidding me LDK ? You want to compare what Im saying to you using First Grade Math. I know the Knicks average 106 now because its just that a avergae. You think I give a heck that they score 122 Points against some last Place Team then lose the next night to a Playoff Team by only scoring 90 Points? Then a guy like you say well add 122 and 90 and they are averaging 106 Points a Game. Get a Clue. Averaging beating the heck out of bad Teams and Losing to good Teams by scoring 90 Points means Nothing. What I Posted is the KNICKS SCORING 104 to 106 a GAME EVERYNIGHT not just against The bottom feeder Teams. I will say again this is a Great Trade. The only bad thing is our Bench got weaker by Losing Chandler

Starting Lineup is a UPGrade

Stoudamire-25 to 28
Melo- 24-27
Fields- 10-13


Turiaf- 7-8

Like I said this Team can score 104-105=106- Everynight. Not your way LDK scoring 122 against the worst Teams and scoring 90 against good Teams and Losing and then claiming the Knicks average 106 a Game. Its all a smoke Screen now. This current Team is barely a 500 Team. The Team above will make noise in the Playoffs. AND SCORE 104/106 EVERYNIGHT !!!!!

Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2011 3:30 am

Nets' Melo talks are contradicting as always

clearly someone who doesn't watch the games or knows what he's talking about but comes in here posting pretending he does.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2011 2:07 am

Nets' Melo talks are contradicting as always

<<The Knicks with this Lineup could score between 104-106 a Game. Good enough to win anynight>>
They're averaging 106 per game right now.  So you're basically saying adding Melo would cost the Knicks 2 points per game.
Who the hell are you?  Isiah Thomas?

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2011 2:04 am

Nets' Melo talks are contradicting as always

<<I'm sure James Dolan didnt become wealthy by making hasty foolish decsions. >>
Right, he became wealthy by having the right father.
James Dolan is an imbecile.  A drunk.  A total loser.  His father gave him the Knicks, the Rangers and MSG so he couldnt screw up the family's real money maker: Cablevision.
Dolan proves his uselessness because he still believes Isiah Thomas is going to resurrect the Knicks.  He proves he has no sense when he undermines the GM he has who actually knows what the hell he is doing.
Dolan should go have a drink, get behind the wheel of a car and get himself both locked up and banned from the NBA.  It would be the best thing that could happen to the Knicks.  Even better than getting Melo.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2011 11:35 pm

Nets' Melo talks are contradicting as always

The Knicks are offering Galo, Chandler, Felton, Fields a 1st round pick & (Curry's expiring contract going to T'Wolves with Randolph for the 1st rounder).
The Knicks are getting mugged!!

Since: Jun 24, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2011 10:09 pm

Nets' Melo talks are contradicting as always

If these latest rumors are true, this is a good move by the Nets to drive up the price on Anthony for the Knicks, who could have had him for nothing but money after the season. If the Nets can get the Knicks to give up Gallinari, Felton and a first rounder just by pretending to be interested in Anthony that's a big win for them. IF this is true, then the Knicks just got played by the Nets and Nuggets.  Good!

Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2011 9:12 pm

Nets' Melo talks are contradicting as always

It's just stupid how fat slob mungo-style reporters like Chris Carlin of SNY and Marc Spears of yahoo keep praising and kissing up to Carmelo Anthony like he's Michael Jordan or something, like he's a guy worth sacrificing an entire team worth of players and prospects for just to get him in NY 2 months early. Is Carlin working and campaigning for Denver now instead of focusing on his new year's resolution of losing 2 of his 30 chins? Knicks and their fans need to smack Dolan across the face and tell him to wake up. Lessen the damn offer.

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