Tag:Denver Nuggets
Posted on: February 18, 2011 6:50 pm
 

Report: Knicks met with Melo Thursday

The Knicks' owner reportedly met with Carmelo Anthony yesterday. Which makes no sense. But what else is new?
Posted by Matt Moore


The New York Daily News is reporting that despite Carmelo Anthony's repeated denials regarding meetings with either James Dolan or Mikhail Prokhorov, the Nuggets All-Star met late Thursday with the Knicks' owner Dolan.  The meeting is reportedly to be followed by a conference call Friday afternoon with Dolan, Knicks GM Donnie Walsh, Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke (whose son is currently running the team), and Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri.

With a deal on the table for the Nuggets with the Nets, and Anthony's feelings still unknown regarding signing an extension with the Nets, this may represent a point of no return for the Knicks. If these talks do take place and don't go well, it may be the point where the Knicks walk away once and for all, a move Walsh and Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni have been leaning towards for days. 

New Jersey is reportedly still denying any meeting with Melo. But the deal is allegedly still on the table

So just so we're clear. The Nets walked back into these talks after saying they were done with them, opened up discussions, offered up four picks, and now they find out that Dolan may have met with Melo before they had a chance to. Seriously, New Jersey. Billy King, Mikhail Prokhorov, someone, grow a spine and take control of this situation. The Nets nearly have to offer whatever more (if there's anything left) for the Nugets to take just to avoid how this will look if they go through this process and it turns out they're just being used to put pressure on New York to surrender more assets, which is unlikely. 

This thing just keeps getting weirder. 
Posted on: February 18, 2011 5:10 pm
Edited on: February 19, 2011 12:00 am
 

Melo: 'I'm ready for this whole thing to be over'

Carmelo Anthony speaks at All-Star media availability, and affirms no meetings scheduled with Nets or Knicks. Melo says he's "ready for this whole thing to be over."
Posted by Matt Moore

In front of one of the largest media assemblies at All-Star Media availability, Carmelo Anthony faced the throng to speak about his current situation, while rumors fly as heavy as any in recent memory. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com was there to capture Melo's quotes in our live feed

As he played the verbal tango with the media, Anthony made one thing clear: he's tired of all this. ""There's some things that I'm still thinking about in the back of my head. I'm ready for this whole thing to be over with," Melo said, as he reasserted that he had not scheduled meetings with either the Nets' or Knicks' representatives. His frustration with the situation was evident behind his usual (this season, anyway) cool, collected demeanor. "I'm mindboggled right now about this whole situation," he said. "I just want to get this thing over with right now. I wish there was just something, a legit offer on the table and the Nuggets can say, 'Let’s get it done.'"

He did say however that an extension with the Nets, the matter which is reportedly holding a nine-player deal in pending , is not off the table. ""That's something I'm going to have to think about," but he noted "there are a lot of things that come into play when dealing with that. The superstar was very clear that he wasn't going to get boxed into any decision, and that staying in Denver is still a possibility.

"I've told you guys this since day one, that's still an option," Melo said in regards to the possibility that he would re-sign with Denver. He reasserted that he's said that continuously since the summer, while of course omitting that he's also turned down the opportunity to sign that extension since July. However, he did say he hadn't talked with Denver in months about that possiblity. "I haven't had that conversation since November or December, it doesn't surprise me. It just tells me what they’re trying to do, obviously they're trying to get younger and save money over there. At the end of the day, it’s a business so they’ve got to make a business decision. And I've got to look at it as my career and as a business decision."
"I can't really sit here and say I want to go here or I want to go there," Melo said on his preference between New York and New Jersey, remaining coy while admitting that he was "pretty sure" the Nuggets were negotiating with N.J., giving a little weight to the reports of the past day while still feigning ignorance. Melo did say he was examining the possibility of being traded without an extension. "It’s a lot of situations that I look at. If the Nuggets came to me and said, 'This is a deal that we have, this is another deal that we have', I would have to look into that if my option is not to sign."

But the idea of being a "rental" as Melo referred to it, should he be traded without an extension, does not appeal to him. "Unless they’re trying to get car services and want to rent a car. I really don’t want to have to be a rental. I don’t feel like I'm a rental player. I don’t want to go somewhere and be a rental for two months and then have to deal with this all over again. I dont want to go there."

For all the talk that Melo is the one who can control his destiny, he says that Denver has just as much control over where he ends up. While he can tell the Nuggets where he wants to go, Anthony says it's still their job to figure out what's best for them. "They have to do what’s best for them and their organization, too. So at the end of the day, they can say, forget it, we have to take care of our organization, Melo. He did what he had to do here for eight years, but we have to do what we have to do, too."

Anthony said that the Knicks have a different situation from the Nuggets, because in Melo's mind, the Nuggets are looking to rebuild, while the Knicks are already ready to win. "Far as building, which the Nuggets are trying to obviously do in their near future they’re trying to start all over and build up – and don’t try to flip it on me – but New York already has something there. I think the city is looking forward to briging back great basketball and they’re looking forward to that. So if that’s my destination then that’s something that I can bring to that city."


So if Melo's so big on New York, what would he be looking for in a meeting with Knicks' owner James Dolan? "Just something that I want to look in Mr. Dolan’s eyes and see if he’s really interested in me coming to New York or see if Mr. Prokhorov is interested in me coming to Jersey. Whoever I deal with I want to have a sitdoown with. That’s just proper etiquitte."

Anthony made clear that New York and New Jersey aren't the only options, however. "I don’t think they're the only two teams that I can sit here and say, "Yo, I definitely want to be on those teams or nobody else." The Nuggets have to weigh their options. If it’s a deal with somebody else that’s legit then we all have to sit down and hash that out and talk about it. But time is ticking, man, and time is money."

The most revealing quote from Anthony was that he wanted to see a "legit" offer by the end of the weekend. He's through sitting back and being accepting of what has been happening. "Before I leave here I would love to have something on the table. I would love to have an offer, a legit offer on the table where they can sit down with me and say, 'Melo, this is what we have. Let’s try to figure it out.' But as of late there’s been a lot of things that have been going on in the media, deals in the media that haven't been legit."

"I would love to have something happen this weekend. I would love to have a legit offer to sit down and figure it out."

After six months, this thing may finally be coming to an end. At least Anthony understands the media and fans are tired of it as well.

"This has been  a long process for me, for my family, just for everybody, I'm pretty sure it’s been a long process for you guys too, to have to wake up in the morning and deal with the Melodrama."

Maybe this weekend is the breaking point for all this nonsense to end. 
Posted on: February 18, 2011 2:41 pm
Edited on: February 18, 2011 3:40 pm
 

Melo: "No meeting at all" scheduled with NJ, NY

Carmelo Anthony denies that any meeting is scheduled with Mikhail Prokhorov and that any such meeting is news to him.
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
Posted on: February 18, 2011 12:49 pm
Edited on: February 18, 2011 2:32 pm
 

Report: If Melo agrees, Nets deal in place

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. 



Posted on: February 17, 2011 8:29 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2011 8:34 pm
 

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

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. 
Posted on: February 17, 2011 9:35 am
Edited on: February 17, 2011 9:36 am
 

Report: Nuggets want Knicks' farm for Melo

Report indicates Nuggets asked Knicks for four of top six players including Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler, and Gallinari.
Posted by Matt Moore



Photo via Getty Images, illustration via Eye on Basketball. Laughs out loud via Masai Ujiri.

Basically, the next things Masai Ujiri's going to ask for are the fillings out of Donnie Walsh's teeth and Mike D'Antoni's mustache. That's pretty much all that's left for them to ask in exchange for Melo if a report out of New York Times is accurate. From the Times

According to a Knicks official, Denver wants Raymond Felton, Landry Fields, Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari — four of their top six players — for Carmelo Anthony and an aging Chauncey Billups. The Nuggets have also asked about Timofey Mozgov.
via Knicks Making Progress. Will They Make a Deal? - NYTimes.com.

Oh, and the New York Post reports that first-rounder via the Timberwolves for Anthony Randolph is a requisite, too. Next on the list are "all the tea in China," "Fort Knox," "a pet Chupacabra" and "the top floor of the Empire State Building."  This is an absurd asking price, even as a starter, even for an All-Star starter. The Nuggets apparently think that Carmelo Anthony can play every position on the floor except point guard and power forward.  The Knicks would never surrender Gallinari and Fields in any scenario, not when one is a high-upside, high-percentage perimeter threat and the other is in the top five for Rookie of the Year. Raymond Felton is even a stretch, even if they were getting Chauncey Billups back in the deal. This isn't just too much. It's what happens when you ask for too much, then decide to throw in some extra wishes on top. 

This is pretty much the model of what Masai Ujiri has done in these negotiations. Ask for too much, from a position of weakness, then ask for more. We're fairly certain if the Knicks had somehow, someway agreed to that deal, Ujiri would have then asked for the Rockettes. 

As Ken Berger reported Wednesday, Knicks GM Donnie Walsh won't be freaking out over these talks. If Denver wants to continue throwing out ridiculous price tags in an effort to get a steal right up until the last minute, he's content to let them stimmer in their own absurd demands. The Knicks stomped the fourth-seeded Hawks last night to get a much needed win, will be making the playoffs regardless, and the future is bright with or without Melo. The fact that Denver is desperate enough to be trying to get what amounts to one of the most ridiculous deals this side of the Pau Gasol trade actually only further puts into relief how much they're flirting with disaster here. 

Even if they've moved towards a reasonable compromise from this starting position, you have to wonder just who it is that Masai Ujiri thinks he's got here. Melo is a top talent. An All-Star. But no rings, little defense, and not a legend. 

But apparently he's got a legend's asking price. 

No one's giving up that much for Carmelo Anthony, except Isiah Thomas. And he's not calling the shots. Yet
Posted on: February 16, 2011 6:50 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2011 7:10 pm
 

Nets, Nuggets have re-opened Carmelo talks

The Denver Nuggets and New Jersey Nets have reportedly re-opened Carmelo Anthony trade talks. Posted by Ben Golliver. carmelo-anthony

This was bound to happen eventually despite the hardcore bluffing. The Denver Nuggets and New Jersey Nets have reportedly re-opened trade talks for Nuggets All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony although there are conflicting reports about which side initiated conversations.

The Bergen Record reports: "According to sources, the Nets and Nuggets have talked recently about Carmelo Anthony. Not sure who initiated the conversations, but they have spoken recently."

Yahoo! Sports reports the same.
Less than a month after the New Jersey Nets pulled out of trade talks, the Denver Nuggets have re-engaged the Nets in discussions on a blockbuster deal for Carmelo Anthony, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
One source described talks as “progressing” and said they have been ongoing between Denver and New Jersey officials over a week. While the precise package being discussed was unclear, sources said talks have centered on a scaled-down package that still includes rookie forward Derrick Favors and draft picks.
Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports: "Person familiar with Nuggets-Nets talks describes them as "exploratory" on Denver's part. On scale of 1-5, source says, 'Back to level 1.'"

ESPN.com reports: "Sources say Denver and NJ began Melo trade talks again about a week ago. Source says NJ 1st to reach out. No meeting between Melo & NJ set yet."

Back on Jan. 19, Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov dramatically pulled his franchise out of the Anthony sweepstakes, stating that he was unhappy how the negotiations had been handled. As recently as Monday, the two sides had reportedly not yet re-engaged.

The Nets, of course, had reportedly put the best offer on the table for Anthony, a deal that included multiple draft picks, cap relief and a promising young big man in Derrick Favors. The offer fulfilled all of the requirements for a best case scenario for Denver: get good value, get assets, get younger and save money. 

The biggest issue, as always, is whether Anthony will agree to sign an extension with the Nets. If not, the Nets' desire for him and their offer will diminish considerably. As the deadline has gotten closer, however, Anthony has had to confront the possibility of entering the summer without a lucractive contract extension. Perhaps that pressure will make him take a second look at the Nets?
Posted on: February 16, 2011 5:29 pm
 

Trade Deadline: J.R. Smith drawing interest

J.R. Smith has been mentioned in recent trade rumors with the Hornets and Bulls
Posted by Matt Moore

We've really come full-circle on J.R. Smith. In August we told you Smith was on the block in Denver. You remember August. Those halcyon days when the Heat were still elite and Yao Ming was going to help the Rockets back into contention. Then he choked a guy in practice. Then the guys who were going to trade him got fired. Then he went on to have a solid season, if prone to his usual hijinx. Now? Back on the block. Yahoo! Sports reports: 


The Chicago Bulls are still making calls on J.R. Smith to solve their shooting guard issues, but red flags on Smith’s character have made the Bulls cautious. “They just don’t want to mess that locker room up,” one source with knowledge of the talks said.
via Anthony distances himself from Nuggets - NBA - Yahoo! Sports.

The report also indicates that the Hornets have expressed interest in Smith as well. That's two playoff teams, considering bringing in one of the jump-shotiest, nasty-jammiest, unnecessarily flagrantiest, most unstable players in the league in to fill their two-guard spot. This is with O.J. Mayo on the market, who is probably the preferred option for many. Think about that. The guy who has been benched, got into a fight on the team plane with Tony Allen, and then busted for PEDs is considered the more attractive option at his position. But there Smith is, getting offers from playoff teams because when he's hot? He's nova. 
But Smith can't be relied on in the locker room or on the floor. George Karl pretty much has to set aside a separate string of philosophies when it comes to dealing with Smith, be it his defense or his superhuman desire to always shoot the ball, often in the most contested way possible. The fact that Smith is as good as he is despite his basketball IQ is stunning, but there it is. Too talented not to garner interest, too insane to draw too much.
 
 
 
 
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