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Melo-to-Nets 'still developing' (UPDATE)

Posted on: September 24, 2010 2:20 pm
Edited on: September 25, 2010 11:02 am
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A proposed four-team trade that would send Carmelo Anthony to the Nets gained momentum Friday night, with sources telling CBSSports.com that New Jersey officials have grown confident that Anthony wouldn't block such a deal.

Two executives involved in the complicated discussions among the Nuggets, Nets, Bobcats and Jazz dismissed a published report saying Anthony had already given his approval. That aspect of the transaction, necessary because the Nets won't trade for Anthony unless he agrees to a contract extension, is "the easy part," one of the execs said. The hard part is the structure of the deal, which ran into a couple of roadblocks over the past 48 hours.

One impediment, sources say, is the Bobcats' refusal to include point guard D.J. Augustin in the trade. The Nets, who will be left without a starting point guard with Devin Harris going to Charlotte in the four-team scenario, don't necessarily view that as a deal-breaker. But sources say the Nets, the team that has been most aggressive in its pursuit of Anthony since it became known six weeks ago he wanted out of Denver, are concerned enough that they are continuing their attempts to pry Augustin from the Bobcats. If they're unsuccessful, another option would be to try to bring in another team.

"It could expand," one of the sources said.

UPDATE: As the Nets began two-a-day practices in New Jersey and the Nuggets prepared for media day in 48 hours, one executive involved in the process said he was "not optimistic" the deal would be finalized Saturday. A second executive with knowledge of the negotiations said the transaction was "still developing," adding that Augustin was still not included in the deal.

"There’s a lot of moving parts in there that could cause it to fall apart," said an executive not involved in the negotiations. "There’s no deal breakers in there, though. If that’s what Denver wants for Carmelo -- I don’t think it's much -- but if that's what they want, they can get it done."

That executive, whose team tried without success to get into the Melo sweepstakes, added, "I'm not sure Melo's sold on Jersey. I think he's worried about going there by himself." If that's the case, one of the road blocks could be determining the likelihood that Chris Paul -- who like Anthony has made noise about wanting to be traded this summer and is represented by Creative Artists Agency -- would be inclined to join him as a free agent in 2012, just in time for the Nets' move to Brooklyn.

"That could very well be the sticking point," the executive said.

The execs involved in the trade discussions were not aware of Anthony signing off on being sent to New Jersey, as reported by the New York Daily News, but would not be surprised given the vibes they've gotten previously from Anthony's team of advisers at CAA, including agents Leon Rose and William Wesley.

The Nuggets, Nets, Bobcats and Jazz began discussing the four-way deal "weeks ago," according to one of the people with knowledge of the talks. The Nuggets, trying to take control of the message and the leverage, accelerated matters in the past 48 hours when GM Masai Ujiri and executive Josh Kroenke -- son of owner Stan Kroenke -- flew to the New York area to meet with Nets officials, sources told CBSSports.com. Ujiri and Kroenke left the city Friday without finalizing details of the trade, sources said, but all parties agreed to "keep working on it."

Yahoo! Sports reported that Denver was giving Anthony 48 hours to decide whether he'd agree to an extension and be traded to the Nets or stay in Denver.

The Nuggets would get No. 3 overall pick Derrick Favors from the Nets, who would send Harris to the Bobcats and Quinton Ross to the Jazz. Charlotte, in turn, would send Boris Diaw to Utah, which would send Andrei Kirilenko to the Nuggets. Denver also would get a 2012 first-round pick from the Nets, who got the pick from Golden State. The selection is top-seven protected in 2012 and '13 and top-six protected in '14.

With the framework of the deal now public, the Nuggets can use it to solicit better offers from other teams. The Knicks, for example, have taken a patient approach, believing that Anthony wouldn't find a better situation than waiting until after the season and signing as a free agent with New York -- his first choice. Now, the Knicks may be compelled to reignite previous efforts to locate an attractive first-round pick to send to Denver. Newsday reported that Knicks president Donnie Walsh was taking a wait-and-see approach and was not willing to gut his revamped roster to get Anthony.

At the same time, Anthony has something to think about besides simply wanting out of Denver. He has the possibility of a consolation prize -- playing in the New York market, but doing it in New Jersey for the next two years. Given Anthony's displeasure with the instability in Denver -- including the ousting of GM Mark Warkentien and the resulting departure of George Karl's trusted assistant, Tim Grgurich -- that may be a more attractive option. If nothing else, the Nuggets are forcing him to make that call now, before even stepping foot on the court for training camp. If the tactic works, offers will come flooding in from other teams who are looking to get in the sweepstakes.


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Since: Sep 25, 2010
Posted on: September 26, 2010 1:19 am
 

Melo-to-Nets 'still developing' (UPDATE)

MR LATIN OR SHOULD I SAY MR ILLEGAL GO BACK TO MEXICO




Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: September 25, 2010 4:41 pm
 

Melo-to-Nets 'still developing' (UPDATE)

@ Rubabuba

HEY LOOK AT ME, TYPING IN ALL CAPS MEANS i'M IMPORTANT!

All you people who label the NBA as a joke league and call the players "thugs" make me laugh.  That is the most retarded thing I have ever read anywhere. 





Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: September 25, 2010 2:47 pm
 

Melo-to-Nets 'still developing' (UPDATE)

I'm glad that the Knicks likely are not in the picture for Carmelo. Given the team's roster, the greater need is at the point. The Knicks would have to seriously gut its revamped roster to both get the first round picks from a third team and then transact a trade with Denver. No questioning that Melo is an elite player, but I would rather wait to see if Randolph is going to break out this season and if the team can acquire a Tony Parker or Chris Paul over the next season or two.
I'm guessing that Melo agrees to an extension with the Nets by weekend's end. It would represent a good move for the Nets given where the team is development-wise.



Since: Sep 25, 2010
Posted on: September 25, 2010 2:26 pm
 

Melo-to-Nets 'still developing' (UPDATE)

Hey NJ fans~

Speaking from a season ticket holder and watching Melo for all these years he has been in Denver , here is what you will get. A solid performer night in and night out. Someone who is truly a competitor and wants to win. He will score for you, play average at best defense with a score first mentality, and not hustle back for defense on a missed shot , like say, D Wade would. Plain and simple it was Billups leadership who took us to the western conference finals, Just look at Melo's playoff stats all these years, and his foul trouble this last year in the playoffs. So as a Denver fan who has seen the best and worst of Melo I wish you and Melo luck. He still needs to grow up and realize this is a man's league and if he wants to truly be top 5 he needs to become a defender and leader. Unfortunately, the reason he would come to NJ in my opinion is for his personal brand (your Russian / hip hop owner mogul owner money) because plain and simple the East is  whicked stacked and he won't win a championship in Jersey. But I will root for you to do well if he does.

Nugs fan Denver



Since: Sep 25, 2010
Posted on: September 25, 2010 12:53 pm
 

Melo-to-Nets 'still developing' (UPDATE)

FUCK CARMELO AND ALL THESE THUGS  THE NBA IS RAN BY 25 YEAR OLD THUGS. I HAVE WATCHED THE NBA FOR 20 YEARS BUT NOT NO MORE I HOPE CARMELO GETS HIS WISH MOVES TO NY AND SOMEONE FILLS HIM FULL OF LEAD.. WATCH THE HEADLINES HIM AND LA LA THE BITCH THEY WILL BE DIVORSED IN 2 YEARS THE NBA IS A WASTE OF TIME. THE NBA NEEDS GOODELL FROM THE NFL. THOSE PLAYERS KNOW NOT TO MESS AROUND ANYMORE. AT THIS POINT THESE THUGS DO WHATEVER THEY WANT



Since: Sep 17, 2010
Posted on: September 25, 2010 10:13 am
 

Drown in the swamps of Jersey?

The Nets!!!! I hope Carmello puts down the blunt and realizes that could be a career ender!!!.. The worlds most famous arena awaits!!!!



Since: Jul 18, 2009
Posted on: September 25, 2010 9:44 am
 

Melo-to-Nets gains momentum (UPDATE)

This trade rumor just shows how nervous they are when they verse the Heat. Everyone before the season will be in a trade and they will try their best to have a big,dominant three like Miami. I think this trade will go through for everyone here.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: September 25, 2010 9:11 am
 

Melo-to-Nets gains momentum (UPDATE)

Why in the world would Carmelo do this deal if he really wants to win anytime soon.  If he wants the 65 million, which is a good reason, or he wants to be in New York eventually, then those are the only 2 reason because that Nets team is not going to be a Finals threat.  It would be a decent young roster with a couple of rising stars in TWill and Lopes but nothing else, and the ceiling for this team would be make the playoffs and get run in the 1st round.  The Nets would have some money freed for free agents, but the big boys just signed and CP3 isn't availble for a couple of years, about all that would be out there next year is an aging Tony Parker.  If Carmelo accepts this deal its because he knows the Bulls & Knicks are not going to offer the Nuggets enough & 65 million & New York city w/ Jay Z is a good consolation prize.


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Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: September 25, 2010 8:01 am
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Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: September 25, 2010 2:16 am
 

Melo-to-Nets gains momentum (UPDATE)

"If you can get Melo, you give up what ever."

Am I the only sane person that thinks Carmelo isn't even a max kind of player?

He scores sometimes, though not against decent defense.

He never plays decent defense.

His passing is suspect.

His leadership is non-existent.

 

I just onder when he conned so many fans into thinking he is a tier I stud.  I know I would NOT want him on my team, especially if it meant parting with more desirable talent.  Carmelo would be OK on a team with a stud to take the heat, but he will become a malcontent with all the media pressure on him when Nets lose and he plays poorly.  Yes, he might score 30 points on many a night, but he'll need a league-leading shots attempted pace to do it and with the above mentioned players, the Nets would have only good PG and solid C defense.  The rest of the team will be run over like a pebble by a M1A2 tank.

This trade would be win for Nuggets, push for Bobcats, push for Jazz and huge albatross for the Nets.  Even if they manage to get CP3, they will not have enough talent or depth to push past a .500 record.  They would have Lopez, Anthony (like I said, not a star) and CP3 (the best player on the team) and a bunch of nothing else.  You can't win in the NBA with a couple of good players and garbage.

 



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