Tag:New Jersey Nets
Posted on: February 14, 2011 2:03 pm

Nets and Nuggets haven't re-engaged

Posted by Royce Young

We all heard what Mikhail Prokhorov said when he made an appearance a few weeks ago. The talks were over. The Nets were done. They were pulling out of the Melodrama.

But some didn't buy it. As hard as the Nets pursued Carmelo Anthony, it just didn't seem like they'd forfeit like that. Especially with the fact they had a meeting set up with Melo that week.

Yet Prokhorov seemed emphatic. He didn't seem to be posturing. 

And according to the New York Post, Prokhorov's words have remained true. The Nets haven't talked with the Nuggets again. The report says, "Though some within the Nets organization fully expect the Nuggets to call back to re-engage talks, the calls have not happened yet, multiple sources contend."

The expectation for the two to get together really stems from the fact that New Jersey had far and away the best deal on the table for the Nuggets. If anyone is calling somebody, it'll likely be Denver picking the phone up first, for that reason.

But time is running out. Only 10 days remain until the deadline passes and the closer we get, the more the Knicks are in control. With Melo's insistence that he wants to play in New York, the Knicks deal may be the best just by default. There of course is the potentially for a renter to step up like the Rockets or Mavericks, but that doesn't look as likely as a Knick deal.

Posted on: February 12, 2011 2:52 pm

The cloud of Melo has moved from New Jersey to NY

Posted by Royce Young

A very interesting stat via Newsday's Alan Hahn on Twitter: Since Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov made a trip over from Russia to announce his team was removing itself from all Carmelo Anthony talk, New Jersey has gone 7-6

Prokhorov said he felt that all the drama and rumor was costing his team wins. Before dropping out, the Nets had lost 11 of 12.

Now, the cloud of Melodrama has shifted across the Hudson River to New York City. After the Nets removed themselves, of course all attention was immediately focused on the Knicks and what their next move would be. Rumors of a three-team trade leaked out that had Carmelo coming to the Knicks with Wilson Chandler going to Denver.

Since then, the Knicks have gone just 4-8 in that period and dropped down to .500. Maybe Prokhorov knew exactly what he was talking about.

A bunch of the Nets players -- as many as eight were rumored to be in the trade talks -- are now playing better since the the rumors were removed. Brook Lopez, Derrick Favors, Devin Harris and others have come on as of late and the team is winning a little.

It's not like the wins have been against nobodies either. The Nets have beaten New Orleans, Denver, Memphis and Utah in that stretch. The Knicks have had some tough games in their defense, but still, they're definitely not looking like the team that got everyone so excited in December.

And get this: At 17-37, the Nets are just 7.5 games out of eighth in the East. There's a real possibility that they could get in the playoff discussion. With their players playing better, it's not unreasonable.

Some still believe the Nets are quietly trying to get into the discussion and it's not like they wouldn't kill to have Carmelo. They definitely want and need him badly. But the constant talk obviously was affecting the squad. With just a couple weeks until the trade deadline, the Knicks probably want to get this over with, otherwise the dark Carmelo cloud could mess with them up too.
Posted on: February 11, 2011 3:26 pm
Edited on: February 11, 2011 4:28 pm

Chris Paul fined for verbally abusing a referee

New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul was fined by the NBA for verbally abusing a referee. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Chris Paul's tough night just got a little worse.

The NBA announced on Friday that Paul, the All-Star point guard for the New Orleans Hornets, has been fined $15,000 for his treatment of an official following Wednesday night's overtime loss to the New Jersey Nets. Here's text of the announcement via the Times-Picayune.
New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul has been fined $15,000 for verbal abuse of a game official, it was announced Friday by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.
The incident occurred following the Hornets’ 103-101 overtime loss to the New Jersey Nets at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. on February 9.
Paul, who played an eye-popping 51 minutes on Wednesday, had a potential game-winning three-pointer rim out at the buzzer in overtime, and the Hornets fell to the Nets, 103-101. Paul fell to the floor during the attempt in an attempt to draw a foul.

Here's video of the potential game-winner courtesy of YouTube user NBABigThree

After the game in which he shot 4-15 from the field, Paul made comments to the Times-Picayune that expressed frustration with his play.
“As a point guard and leader, there is no way I should have let us lose that game,’’ Paul said.  “I feel like this was my loss. I made some bad decisions down the stretch. I’m frustrated with my indecisions.’’
The fine, then, is just the cherry on top.
Posted on: February 4, 2011 6:22 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2011 6:27 pm

NBA fines Avery Johnson $25,000

Posted by Royce Young

Avery Johnson was tossed recently against the 76ers after protesting a no-call that led to a Devin Harris turnover. It was the first time Johnson had been ejected this season.

And evidently, he said some Magic words, because the NBA brought down the fine hammer and hit Johnson for $25,000 today.

The press release says Johnson was fined for "improper conduct towards a game official surrounding his ejection."

The official Johnson went after was Brent Barnaky and evidently Johnson said more than just "I disagree with your call." You've got to go pretty hard to warrant a fine and I'm sure Johnson.
Category: NBA
Posted on: January 26, 2011 11:47 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2011 11:52 pm

Carmelo Anthony's list now stands at 4 or more?

Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony offers an update on his potential landing spots. Posted by Ben Golliver. carmelo-anthony

Carmelo Anthony wants to be in New York City, but it's not that simple. After New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov pulled his offer for Anthony off the table recently, the Denver Nuggets were left to assess the options for their All-Star forward: trade him to the Knicks with an extension, trade him to a team on a rental-only basis, or ride it out for the rest of the season and pray that he somehow decides to stick around.

Lost in that decision-making process, just a bit, was that Anthony was left to re-assess his options after New Jersey pulled out too. In a weird way, the Nets actually helped Anthony's chances of landing in New York more quickly, as their ridiculously high bid necessarily raised New York's offer for Anthony, hopefully to a level that would meet Denver's standards for an agreeable trade. Without New Jersey, the Knicks are free to offer pennies on the dollar and/or wait until the summer, which serves to keep Anthony in place in a stressful, difficult environment where he's getting booed regularly.

The solution? Create a new market. The Denver Post reports that Anthony agreed that there are now four teams in contention for his services.
I Asked: Are the options strictly New Jersey, New York, Chicago, Denver?
Melo said, “Yeah. But I really can’t say it’s just those, because I don’t really know (what could happen).”
Yahoo! Sports reported the current state of some of those options.
One of Anthony’s agents, William Wesley, is still working the Bulls, sources said, and New York president Donnie Walsh wisely continues to show restraint in talks with Denver.
And as one NBA executive close to the Denver and New Jersey front offices insisted on Tuesday: “I’ve seen better acting in soap operas than [Mikhail] Prokhorov’s performance. The Nets will be back in this thing, but they’ll be back in on their terms – not Denver’s.”
Chicago has never felt like a truly plausible location for Anthony. The Bulls simply have too much to lose, aren't desperate enough and have a solid franchise player in place with a coach whose philosophy is helping to maximize his effectiveness. They're a piece away, sure, but inefficient scoring and big rebounding numbers from the three position aren't exactly the greatest need areas for a team with a ball-dominating point guard and a solid frontline.

Similarly, Chicago, while a huge market with an excellent NBA history, isn't exactly "back east." It's, therefore, a compromise from Anthony's perspective, just as New Jersey would have been. It's a different kind of compromise -- choosing winning over location rather than location over winning -- but it's a compromise nonetheless.

Denver's inclusion on the list simply feels like posturing to get the Knicks to kick up their offer. The fans have turned on him, it's apparently not the right market or city, and the Nuggets would need an overhaul to become a championship contender even if he stays. The only way the Knicks lose here is if somehow, someway, Anthony decides, against all odds, to re-sign in Denver. Otherwise, the most likely scenario is that Anthony is a Knick this summer, costing them nothing but cap space. It reads like an idle threat.

So while Anthony says his list is at least four teams long and could be longer, it stills feels like we're in the same place: New York and New Jersey. Whether the Nets rebuy back into the trade talks and whether the Knicks will up their offer simply to get a quick resolution to the situation seem like the next big questions to be answered.
Posted on: January 26, 2011 1:02 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2011 1:06 pm

Does Anthony Randolph make sense for Denver?

The Denver Nuggets are reportedly re-thinking their interest in New York Knicks forward Anthony Randolph. Posted by Ben Golliver. anthony-randolph

Back when the New Jersey Nets and owner Mikhail Prokhorov walked away from the Carmelo Anthony trade talks, I noted that it was time for the Denver Nuggets to re-assess their feelings about the trade assets placed on the table by the New York Knicks had placed, as they would likely represent the best available offer.

On Wednesday, Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that the Nuggets are apparently doing just that, kicking the tires on seldom-used, super-long forward Anthony Randolph.
While Nuggets officials continue to weigh their options, a person familiar with the team's strategy told CBSSports.com Wednesday that there are indications Denver could be warming to the idea of trading Melo to the Knicks. One component of such a trade, the source said, would be Anthony Randolph, with Denver officials apparently coming around in their opinion about the 21-year-old big man. 
Earlier in the process, Nuggets executives were not high on Randolph, viewing him as mistake-prone and too much of a project. But that was when the Nets had 2010 No. 3 pick Derrick Favors on the table as the centerpiece of a package that far exceeded what the Knicks could offer. With New Jersey out of the mix, at least for now, the Nuggets have begun to internally re-examine the Knicks' young players. 
On the plus side: George Karl can coach anybody. Literally anybody. So there's that. Also, Randolph is bound to be more productive when he leaves New York, as he's yet to make three shots in a game this season and has appeared in only 14 games.

The biggest problem here is that the idea of Anthony Randolph is so much better than the actual Anthony Randolph, or even the first round pick which he can supposedly command on the open market. You're telling me you want to pair Randolph -- an emotional, young player still struggling to find an NBA identity and position -- with J.R. Smith?  That idea alone seems like it should give Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri reason to pause. And then push stop. And then hit eject.

Denver is stuck, though, as beggars can't be choosers. Carmelo Anthony's departure is a given. After that, their frontcourt could be next to go, as Berger also recently reported that Nene is making noise about leaving. Even if you keep Nene, who surrounds him? Both Kenyon Martin and Chris Andersen are getting up there in age and injury issues. Al Harrington is under contract long enough, but he's not a low-post guy you can count on. The rest are role-playing scraps.

In other words, addressing the frontcourt should be a top priority in any Carmelo Anthony trade. But Randolph, as spindly as they come and not known for his rebounding prowess, doesn't do much to address the issue. Denver has been known as much for its physical interior play as it has been for Anthony's scoring in recent years, and they should make maintaining that identity a top priority in their post-Anthony reality. Randolph, a face-up player with a fairly versatile offensive game, just doesn't seem like a proper fit.
Posted on: January 19, 2011 9:17 pm
Edited on: January 19, 2011 9:18 pm

Nets F Troy Murphy requests trade

New Jersey Nets forward Troy Murphy has requested a trade according to Nets GM Billy King. Posted by Ben Golliver. troy-murphy

It's one of the oldest and best tricks in the book: Wait until there's really big bad news that you're forced to deliver, and then provide all the rest of the bad news along with it. Even young children are masters of this tactic: Waiting to reveal a poor grade on a test until after their parents are already ticked off that they threw a rock through a window, for example. 

Such is life for the New Jersey Nets, who early Wednesday withdrew from the Carmelo Anthony trade negotiations, removing any short-team hope that their fanbase had for salvaging another dreary season. Nearly lost, but not quite, in the storm of Anthony news, was a Sports Illustrated report that Nets GM Billy King publicly acknowledged that disgruntled power forward Troy Murphy has requested a trade.
Troy Murphy has requested a trade, Nets GM Billy King says. Murphy will be allowed to stay away from the team until they can deal him. King also confirmed the obvious at his press conference: Any deal with Detroit is now dead, too.
The proposed trade with the Pistons would have sent Murphy to Detroit for guard Richard Hamilton, a precursor to the trade with Denver that would have landed Anthony in New Jersey. As Hamilton's contract is fully guaranteed through the end of next season and his production has fallen off considerably, New Jersey has no reason to take on his contract now that they're set to enter a full-scale rebuild without Anthony in the picture.

2010-2011 has been a tough year for Murphy, as a back injury limited him early on and he never seemed to appeal to new Nets coach Avery Johnson. He hasn't started since Nov. 9 and hasn't appeared in a game since Jan. 7. An offensively-skilled and versatile stretch forward acquired from the Indiana Pacers in a trade that sent Courtney Lee to Houston, Murphy may or may not get his trade wish granted.

With their season already in ruins, whether or not Murphy is content and/or productive is a non-factor for the Nets, simplifying this situation significantly. New Jersey doesn't need to worry about him being a distraction or not playing hard. Cast him away. Who cares. Nobody. Every minute he doesn't play is another minute for rookie forward and top 2010 draft pick Derrick Favors.

The worst case scenario for New Jersey with Murphy has always been to simply allow his expiring contract run out at the end of this season. Murphy's $11.97 million cap number -- he's the team's highest-paid player -- would come off this summer, giving New Jersey plenty of room to pursue a top-tier free agent or multiple targets. 

The pre-deadline market for expiring contracts is unclear right now, as everyone was sitting around and waiting for the Anthony trade to kickoff the player movement season. If New Jersey can dump Murphy for a rotation player, they would certainly do it, but simply waiting out the duration of his deal would also have its advantages. Unlike with Anthony, the Nets hold all the cards here. Not that they're great cards to hold, but it's a microscopic consolation after a tough day.
Posted on: January 19, 2011 5:56 pm
Edited on: January 19, 2011 7:18 pm

Nets owner Prokhorov walks from Carmelo talks

Mikhail Prokhorov has walked away from the Carmelo Anthony trade talks. Who are the winners and losers, and how does this decision impact Anthony's future? Posted by Ben Golliver. mikhail-prokhorov

Are the New Jersey Nets ready to give up their pursuit of Denver Nuggets All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony? 

Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, who was expected to meet with Anthony this week, addressed the ongoing trade talks with the media during a Wednesday press conference prior to New Jersey's game against the Utah Jazz, saying that he has had enough and that his organization would stop its pursuit of Anthony. 

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com has your on-scene report.

NorthJersey.com reported that Prokhorov summarized his reasoning simply: "It's been too long and too expensive."

NBA.com reported on Twitter  that there would be no turning back. "Wow. Prokhorov tells Nets to walk away from Carmelo deal ... says decision is final."

The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Prokhorov would not even meet with Anthony as expected. 
"There comes a time when the price is simply too expensive," said Prokhorov, who acknowledged that he is not happy with how the proposed deal played out. "I am instructing our team to walk away from the deal. And the meeting which was supposed to be held by our management tomorrow in Denver with Carmelo is hereby cancelled."
The Associated Press also noted that Prokhorov was not happy with the public nature of the negotiations.
"I'm not happy with the way ... this deal has gone until now," said Prokhorov. "It has taken too long. It has been played out in public and it certainly has taken a toll on the players and I believe that it has cost us several games. I think management did a great job.."

Here's video of the press conference, courtesy of YouTube user RickieRich1.

This qualifies as a shocking turn of events, as the Nets have aggressively pursued Anthony since last summer and reportedly nearly landed him twice, once in a four-team blockbuster scenario involving the Utah Jazz and Charlotte Bobcats before the season started and again in January, when a three-team trade scenario involving the Detroit Pistons was close. 

On Monday, CBSSports.com's Ken Berger reported that Anthony wasn't particularly keen on the idea of meeting with the Nets and there have long been questions about whether Anthony would agree to sign an extension with New Jersey if traded. 

Back in December, my CBSSports.com NBA Facts & Rumors colleague Matt Moore argued that the Nets should bail on the Anthony trade talks because the price was getting too exorbitant. 

Yahoo! Sports reported Wednesday that the Chicago Bulls may be entering the Anthony sweepstakes.
As trade discussions with the New Jersey Nets stall, the representatives for Carmelo Anthony(notes) are engaging the Chicago Bulls with hopes of pushing them into becoming a serious bidder for the Denver Nuggets star, a league source told Yahoo! Sports.
What should we take from today's revelation? Anthony's personal influence and power has been underrated through the last six months, if that's possible. Anthony is functioning as an independent entity here, on par with (if not more powerful than) the organizations trading him and trying to trade for him. Meeting his interests are just important to accomplishing a trade as making sure Denver and New Jersey are both satisfied. 

With New Jersey out of the picture, Denver is left scrambling, as the New York Knicks are the only remaining buyer with the ability to help the Nuggets achieve their goal of getting younger, shedding salary and stocking future assets. They are apparently also the only team that meets Anthony's desire to play in the New York City area, his hometown. Unlike New Jersey, however, New York is not prepared to compromise its present and mortgage its future to land Anthony, leaving Denver up a creek. It's possible we just watched the Anthony trade chip depreciate by 20% or more this afternoon. 

The hold up continues to be Anthony's refusal to sign a contract extension with just anyone. Denver may need to turn to a much less desirable Plan B, trading Anthony without his agreement to an extension. This would come at significant cost, as Anthony's trade value without an extension is much lower, but it would be better than losing him outright this summer. The Bulls, Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets have been rumored to have interest in a rental scenario. (For more on the Bulls angle, click here.)

Meanwhile, the Knicks are now free to low-ball the Nuggets to their heart's desire, knowing that their diminished offers for Anthony with an extension will likely still trump the offers of other teams trying to trade for Anthony without an extension. For that reason, if we had to guess right now, Anthony's most likely destination should he move before the trade deadline will be the Knicks. It's been reported that Denver isn't crazy about the pieces New York has put on the trading block: Eddy Curry, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, etc. It's time for the Nuggets to take a good, long, hard second look. 
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