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Nets acquire multiple picks for Melo deal

Posted on: December 14, 2010 6:34 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2010 2:59 pm
The Nets have put into motion a plan to acquire several assets that the Nuggets have asked for in a potential blockbuster trade for Carmelo Anthony, two people familiar with the situation told

The first step, agreed to in principle Tuesday, is a three-team trade in which the Nets get a first-round pick from the Rockets and another one from the Lakers. New Jersey sends Terrence Williams to the Rockets and Joe Smith to the Lakers, who send Sasha Vujacic to the Nets, the people familiar with the framework of the deal said.

The deal, first reported by Yahoo! Sports, can't be finalized until Wednesday because Smith signed as a free agent this past summer and isn't trade-eligible until then.

The Nets now have their own first-round picks in the next two drafts -- one of which could be traded to Denver -- plus Golden State's 2012 first-rounder, Houston's lottery-protected 2012 first-round pick and a 2011 first-rounder from the Lakers. The plan is to include all of the above in a blockbuster proposal to Denver for Anthony, one of the people familiar with the deal said.

UPDATE: The trade was completed Wednesday, with the Lakers also receiving two second-round picks from the Nets (Golden State's in 2011 and Chicago's in 2012) along with the draft rights to Sergei Lishchuk from Houston. To clear a roster spot for Williams, the Rockets traded Jermaine Taylor and cash to Sacramento for a future second-round pick.

The Nets' new assets, combined with 2010 No. 3 pick Derrick Favors and power forward Troy Murphy, would put New Jersey in the driver's seat in the Melo sweepstakes. And the Nets, according to a high-ranking person familiar with their plan, are working other angles to accomplish the following: get another young player Denver covets and/or add an established player whose presence on the Nets would make the prospect of signing an extension with New Jersey more attractive to the three-time All-Star.

But satisfying Denver has always been only half the battle. Agreeing to an extend-and-trade to New Jersey has not been Anthony's top priority, but the Nets have been the most aggressive team in pursuit of the prolific scorer, whose talent and marketability would represent the biggest coup yet by Russian billionaire owner Mikhail Prokhorov. The Nets are moving to Brooklyn -- Anthony's birthplace -- in time for the 2012-13 season.

According to a person with direct knowledge of Anthony's strategy, he recently became entrenched in his desire to agree to an extend-and-trade only if the deal sent him to the Knicks. The person who provided this information could not have been more unequivocal -- and could not have been closer to Anthony's inner circle. 

On Tuesday, a rival executive familiar with the Nets' months-long efforts to land Melo corroborated Anthony's Knicks-only stance, telling of New Jersey, "They got word that Melo will not sign there. They can't get it done."

Contrary to another report, Anthony himself at no point informed the Nuggets or Nets of his stance. So the Nets, who according to sources have received repeated assurances from Anthony's camp that he would extend his contract in a trade to New Jersey, continued with their aggressive strategy to sweeten the assets they could offer the Nuggets. Even as word of Anthony's Knicks-only strategy leaked out Sunday after he made his only scheduled appearance of the season at Madison Square Garden, the Nets were working on the framework of the Houston-L.A. deal that came together Tuesday. A person familiar with the situation said acquiring additional first-round picks was something the Nuggets specifically asked for in an Anthony trade. 

Like the crosstown rival Knicks, the Nets struck out in their efforts to lure free agents LeBron James and Dwyane Wade this past summer. But if this haul of first-rounders puts the Nets over the top in their pursuit of Anthony, it would be another dagger for the Knicks. It is believed that Houston's 2012 lottery-protected pick going to New Jersey is the pick the Rockets acquired from New York in the Tracy McGrady deal last February -- the trade that cleared the final bit of cap space the Knicks needed to have any chance of getting LeBron.

The deal also works for the Lakers, who were willing to give up a first-round pick -- likely, of course, to be near the bottom -- in exchange for dumping Vujacic's $5.5 million for Smith's $1.4 million -- of which the Lakers only have to pay a prorated portion of $854,389 because it is a one-year deal for a player with more than two years experience.

What happens next could be portrayed in a commercial with Melo sitting in a director's chair and asking the question LeBron asked: "What should I do?" However this works out for New Jersey, the team's brain trust of GM Billy King and assistant GM Bobby Marks deserve kudos for ignoring the chatter and ever-changing whims of a potential NBA free agent and sticking with their plan. From the outside looking in, it always appeared to rival execs and other observers that the Nets' toughest sales job would be with Anthony. From the beginning, the Nets' brass always believed that would be the easy part -- and that the biggest challenge in landing Melo would be putting together a deal that satisfied all of Denver's desires.

On Tuesday, the Newark-Brooklyn Nets took a giant step closer to finding out.


Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: December 18, 2010 3:17 pm

Nets acquire multiple picks for Melo deal


Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2010 2:09 pm

Nets acquire multiple picks for Melo deal

eleven22 - that was a good point, but the problem with your counter-argument is I was discussing BUILDING a championship team - which CANNOT be done through the draft.  Making a bad team good based on high draft choices does not work.

The San Antonio success over the past 15 years was not building a team from scratch.  They were not BUILT on draft choices - when they drafted Duncan back in 1997, they already had Hall of Famer David Robinson, perenial all-star Sean Elliot and capable role-players like Mario Ellie.  The Spurs were already champions when Parker and Ginobili joined the team. Hill, Blair, etc. have been effective but would hardly be considered building blocks for a return to prominence in New Jersey or Philly. 

So you can MAINTAIN a championship caliber team through the draft, but you cannot biuld one from scratch. 

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2010 12:21 am

Nets acquire multiple picks for Melo deal

So basically, the Rockets gave up a 1st round pick and Jermaine Taylor to get Terrence Williams and a 2nd round pick?

I can understand wanting Carmelo out of the Western Conference, but this trade doesn't help the Rockets at all.

Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2010 4:03 pm

Nets acquire multiple picks for Melo deal

Since I cant edit my own post to continue on the Spurs and building their own team through drafting they have 13 players all except 5 were drafted or was a practice squad invite  by the Spurs.  of these 5, 2 are the last to come off the bench.

Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2010 3:43 pm

Nets acquire multiple picks for Melo deal

@ who says :"For those looking at the Hershel Walker thing for reference, its not really relevant.  Football teams are DEFINITELY built through the draft.  NBA teams are NOT.   "

I'm pretty sure the SA Spurs big 3 were all aquired through the draft. In fact I bleilieve 4 of 5 current starters for the Spurs were all drafted by the Spurs. Their first guy off the bench George Hill was drafted by the Spurs as well.

Since: Sep 20, 2010
Posted on: December 16, 2010 2:01 pm

Nets and Melo

 To armchairqb, I don't think that I contradict myself at all. I wasn't talking about why Amar'e went to the Knicks but only that the resurgance of the Knicks since he arrived makes it so easy for Melo to be more willing to go to NY. Hey Amar'e went for the money; how many teams were reallycourting him for what the Knicks paid? The Knicks lost out on James and maybe accidentally scored more than they thought with Amar'e. Let's not forget that Felton has been a great acquisition as well. Hey the Melo drama is like the runner up to the summer of LBJ.

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2010 9:23 pm

Nets acquire multiple picks for Melo deal

This guy Berger is really an idiot. Melo has to agree to a sign and trade and he won't if it's the Nets. Why would he want to go to a bad team with little talent and languish in last place? Also who want to place for Avery Johnson?

Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2010 7:45 pm

Nets acquire multiple picks for Melo deal

What don't you people understand? No big-time player wants to go to the Nets. Not Melo, not Chris Paul, not anyone. Use your first round picks wisely, and get guys who are just happy to finally make it in the NBA.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2010 5:46 pm

Nets acquire multiple picks for Melo deal

For those looking at the Hershel Walker thing for reference, its not really relevant.  Football teams are DEFINITELY built through the draft.  NBA teams are NOT.   The recent is that young talent can be effective within 2 years in football, meaning a coach lose early but develop talent because he might still be employed when that investment in coaching starts to show promise.

Basketball does not work like that.  Take the Clippers, Wizards, Warriors, Nets and Philly and you will find no fewer than 4 lottery picks on each team - that's 1/3 of the roster.  None of them will make the playoffs. 

Even a team like the Bulls who have had some success recently have done so by moving trading their lottery picks (Tyrus Thomas, Kirk Hinrich, Ben Gordon, etc.).  Its been 6 or 7 years that they have been "on the verge" but (if I am not mistaken) have only made it out the first round of the NBA playoffs once since Hinrich was drafted #10 in 2003. 

The VOLUME of picks in an NBA draft are not important - its the QUALITY of the picks.  So Wade, Howard, Anthony and James made their ascensions with veteran teams, while Durant (given, he is just starting out) and Rose may show promise but have yet to have any major success in the playoffs surrounded by young guys.

Ultimately, the Nets need to move those picks.  Get a star by trading him, and give him some veteran help, by trading whatever picks you need to.  Get us Chris Paul and lets start there. 

Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2010 4:51 pm

Nets acquire multiple picks for Melo deal

this whole conversation is moot, i thought the nets already had a package that the nuggets liked.  this has nothing to do with the nets not having enough to go after melo, this is about him not wanting to go there.  if he didn't mind going to the nets, this would already have happened.  the nets are acting pathetic here to keep talking about melo, HE'S NOT GOING TO THE NETS, get over it and collect the picks and maybe try to improve your team the old fashioned way, through the draft and smart trades.

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