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Tag:2011 NBA Trade Deadline Rumors
Posted on: February 20, 2011 12:26 am
Edited on: February 20, 2011 3:16 am
 

Melo, Nets meet with no resolution

Carmelo Anthony and agent meets with Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov and Jay-Z in Los Angeles to discuss prospective trade for Nets to acquire All-Star. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com has confirmed an AP report that Carmelo Anthony and Nets majority and minority owners Mikhail Prokhorov and Jay-Z met earlier Saturday night to discuss the Nets' interest in acquiring the All-Star small forward.  The meeting occurred just hours after Prokhorov released a statement through his spokesperson stating no meeting had taken place or was planned, and that they would have no further comment on the matter. The meeting also coincided with a renewed interest from the Knicks as owner James Dolan has become more involved in the talks, Berger reports. 

ESPN reports that the Nets meeting lasted 40 minutes and included Anthony's agent Leon Rose and advisor Bay Frazier, as well as Nets CEO Brett Yormark and GM Billy King. Melo was reportedly "noncomittal" following the meeting, and Yahoo! Sports reports that the Nets "didn't come away very confident." 

So the Nets got their meeting, and failed to hit the home run. But they're not out of it yet. Their biggest problem? James Dolan, who has become involved in the negotiations on the Knicks' side, and is offering up more and more assets to get the second superstar, threatening to damage the leverage Donnie Walsh has very carefully maintained throughout these negotiations. The Nets' biggest advantage? Their remaining ability to threaten Melo by not trading him, then taking his extension offer off the table, leaving him high and dry for the extra money entering a new CBA. 

The Nets have now offered three picks, Devin Harris and Derrick Favors for Melo in a three-way, walked away and said they were through, come back, offered the same deal plus an extra pick, said they weren't meeting with Melo, reaffirmed they weren't meeting with Melo, then met with Melo, and now they still don't have a deal. 

You've got to give it to the Russian, though. 

He's a persistent dude. 


Posted on: February 19, 2011 3:48 pm
Edited on: February 19, 2011 3:56 pm
 

The Troy Murphy factor in Anthony trade talks

Troy Murphy plays a surprising part in the Carmelo Anthony trade talks, and will likely be headed somewhere else soon one way or another. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Troy Murphy is not a big name in the NBA. Last season in Indiana he averaged a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. He was considered a long-shot for the trade asset the Cavaliers wanted to push them over the top which ended up being Antawn Jamison, which didn't work out well and we'll leave it at that. Then he was traded to New Jersey and was supposed to be part of the Nets' ascendance out of the gutter. Instead, he suffered through injuries, then Avery Johnson essentially told the 30-year-old to take a hike. So he's been hanging out and there are quite a few teams interested in his services, as a veteran big who can actually shoot, but no one wants to pay for him in a trade when they might be able to get him in buyout.

And this, of course, leads us back to Melo. For the last 24 hours, news reports have spilled out the same news, that the nine-player trade reportedly "agreed to" with the Nets involved the Nuggets getting Troy Murphy. Except that multiple reports have stated that the Nuggets unequivocably would not take Murphy. And that falls in line with Denver's M.O. this entire time, which is that they want all the good assets, to dump salary, and take on nothing. They want everything they desire in exchange for the All-Star. Yet all this talk went around about Murphy being sent to the Nuggets, who would have less than five days to turn him around.

Now we're starting to see a potential plot-line for Murphy winding up in the Melo deal plausibly.

First off, the News-Herald in Ohio reports that the Cavaliers are offering to step in and take Murphy in order to get one of the four first-round picks the Nets are offering.  The Cavs are basically looking to be used as a "parking lot" for big expiring contracts using the LeBron James trade exception in order to clear space and get picks. Which is exactly what they should be doing. 

How ironic would it be if the Cavaliers used their trade exception created when LeBron James left them high and dry in order to help the Nuggets avoid the same fate with Carmelo Anthony? Am I the only who finds that funny? Cleveland, no? Denver, no? OK, then. 

Meanwhile, the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Warriors GM Larry Riley says they have had talks with New Jersey about Murphy, and are looking for a player or a pick. Riley emphasized that they don't have a deal in place, but they've been in the talks. 

Should the Knicks talks break down and Melo suddenly get in a room with Prokhorov and get convinced, Murphy's going to have to go somewhere other than Denver. But it certainly looks like there are candidates ready to park Murphy's contract, especially when you consider he can still produce on the floor. Even if the Melo-Nets deal falls apart, Murphy's likely to be moved in another trade, or bought out after the deadline.  His time in New Jersey is mercifully coming to a close. 
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 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 1:10 am
Edited on: February 16, 2011 1:15 am
 

Report: Mavs could stand between Melo and Knicks?

The Dallas Mavericks are reportedly an "amenable" destination to Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony. Posted by Ben Golliver. carmelo-anthony

On Monday, we noted that Nuggets All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony could be traded in a "rental" scenario, should Denver be unable to convince him to sign an extension or agree to an extend-and-trade. We noted that Anthony didn't seem particularly keen on the Houston Rockets but that the Dallas Mavericks often get mentioned as potential rental suitors as well.

Newsday reports on Tuesday that there may be mutual interest between Anthony and the Mavericks.
"A source with knowledge of the situation said the biggest -- and perhaps last -- remaining threat to the Knicks could be the Dallas Mavericks.   Though Mark Cuban hinted recently that he would be willing to trade for a superstar without an extension, the source said Anthony would be amenable to signing an extension with the Mavs, who are already a championship contender and yet have a huge hole at small forward after the injury to Caron Butler.     
"The only way Melo doesn't come to New York is if [Mark] Cuban makes a play," that source said. The main issue, however, is that Dallas has even less to offer the Nuggets than the Knicks. The Mavs are searching for a third team to help them, with Roddy Beaubois, who has just returned from injury, as bait. But a source with knowledge of the Mavericks' thinking said he'd "be shocked if [Carmelo] came" to Dallas, but did say Cuban is unpredictable. But Beaubois, the source said, has been deemed untouchable. 
Back in December, CBSSports.com's Ken Berger noted that the Mavericks were considering a push for Anthony. 

Obtaining Anthony would be a dream scenario for the Mavericks, as he would plug their biggest hole to complete what would become the best frontline in the Western Conference. But how often do dream scenarios ever come true in the NBA?

Newsday also notes that talks between Denver and New York will continue over the All-Star weekend and that the two sides have "set parameters" on a potential deal.

In other recent Anthony news, the Knicks reportedly turned down one Nuggets trade proposal and a rival GM said Tuesday night that the Anthony talks have impacted other ongoing trade discussions by dragging on for so long.
 
 
 
 
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