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Melo update: Underground talks could lead to deal

Posted on: January 11, 2011 10:06 am
Executives haggling over the potential blockbuster trade that would send Carmelo Anthony to New Jersey were underground Tuesday, creating a veil of secrecy that could create a more fertile environment for a deal, multiple sources told 

After a contentious weekend of talks marked by fury among Denver officials over persistent leaks about the discussions, it became clear that Nuggets executives Masai Ujiri and Josh Kroenke had taken firm control of the negotiations. 

While Nets GM Billy King, brought to New Jersey for his ability as a savvy deal-maker, has been the driving force behind the Melo-to-New Jersey talks since September, all parties with a stake in the matter are now taking their cues from Ujiri -- signaling a bold show of strength from the young executive who has been thrust into a franchise-shaping moment for the Nuggets. 

“Underground,” is how one prominent agent with ties to the talks described the state of negotiations. 

The secretive tone of the talks bolstered a belief among rival executives that the flurry of information that emanated from the discussions over the weekend was too detailed and public to represent the substance of a real, imminent deal. In fact, sources have told that Denver officials were not only frustrated with the public nature of the talks, but also felt pushed into a scenario they were not yet ready to act upon. 

Upon receiving word from New Jersey officials Sunday that Pistons president Joe Dumars had received upper management approval to join the potential blockbuster by sending Richard Hamilton to the Nets for Troy Murphy’s expiring contract and Johan Petro, the Nuggets did not view it as a defining moment in the completion of a deal. Instead, Ujiri and Kroenke informed the Nets that they were stiil deliberating several aspects of the situation, including whether a two-team or three-team deal was best for them. The Nuggets also wanted to explore whether they could achieve more savings in the deal by finding a taker for either Al Harrington or Renaldo Balkman, and obtain another young player -- perhaps by inviting a fourth team into the equation. 

The conflicting agendas represented a repeat of the environment that saw a four-team deal involving Charlotte and Utah fall apart prior to training camp. But with the Pistons solidly committed, having negotiated a second-round pick from the Nets for taking Petro, the Nuggets and Nets are left to try to smooth out their differences in an attempt to finalize the complicated trade. 

Ill will over the public nature of the weekend talks and external pressure Ujiri and Kroenke were getting will not be a deal breaker, one executive involved in the negotiations told And it became clear Tuesday that with Denver officials calling the shots and demanding discretion, it would give the discussions the best chance they’ve had to reach a conclusion. 

Meanwhile, though, Nuggets officials remain committed to exploring every potential offer from other teams, including the Knicks, who are Anthony’s preferred destination. With a meeting looming among Anthony, Ujiri and Kroenke to discuss the status of talks and his feelings about signing a three-year extension with the Nets, clarity should come soon.

Since: Apr 4, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2011 11:09 pm

Melo update: Underground talks could lead to deal

For real, maybe Berger Queen will start covering the NBA season once the trade deadline is over.

Since: Apr 4, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2011 11:28 am

Melo update: Underground talks could lead to deal

Breaking news, Ken Berger is now 0 for 100 on articles about Melo being traded!

Since: Dec 16, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2011 4:18 am

Melo update: Underground talks could lead to deal

actually sherlock, the 90s were not the best era in basketball in was the 80s when the knicks started to get good but when the lakers, pistons and celtics owned the league. you throw in chicago and there you have it. the knicks just drafted ewing but they were just as bas as they were during the 2000s waiting to get better.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2011 4:04 am

Melo update: Underground talks could lead to deal

I heard on the local radio sports show that the Warriors are one of the teams involved in the proposed 4-5 team mega blockbuster trade. I have not been able to confirm this rumor. But then again here in California anyone can say anything without having to support their statements. Lol!

Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2011 2:39 am

Melo update: Underground talks could lead to deal

This just in.....the Nuggets have put the trade on hold until they clarify the availability of Pops Mensah-Bonsu and DJ Mbenga. These would be the final two pieces in a complicated 8 month 22 team deal that would among other things give Louisana back to the French, Texas back to Mexico, and reunite North and South Korea.....

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2011 11:39 pm

Melo update: Underground talks could lead to deal

With all the Melo talk for being a malcontent the best available trade player out there is Steve Nash.  The Suns are going no where.  There roster is lacking compared to last season with no dominant player in the low post with the exodus of Stoudemire.  Dragic is ready to assume teh starting role and the Suns need to prepare for the future and at 37 Nash is not in the future plans for a winning Suns organization.  Given the probability that Nash will be traded to a contender the Atlanta Hawks a very talented team lacks a floor general.  Combine the movements of the Heat, Bulls, and Magic in the east Atlanta needs to step up their talent and need for a top point guard.  With Nash the Hawks can compete with the eastern powers and win the conference.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2011 10:33 pm

Melo update: Underground talks could lead to deal

Heck Let melo(jello)take his talents to southbeach too....Tired of these Idiots!!

Since: Sep 20, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2011 10:28 pm

More Melo - what?????

Nice posts Skink and Gambi. I got an idea to the owners of the Nuggets sell the team you obviously don't really like many if any of your current players. Why did you sign Harrington if you really haven't wanted him. That man has hardly been there; I'm sure his ego is feeling great with all the talk of his not really being wanted by Denver or the Nets. Hey maybe the problem is owners/management. Look at Hedo Turk; he's back with the Magic and doing very good things that Toronto and the Suns couldn't get him to do (As I recall the Magic have won 9 straight and the Suns have lost 7 straight. Oops for the Suns. Phoenix's management doesn't sign Amar'e and the dysfunctional Knicks look like Einsteins). What players/contracts does Denver want to keep anyway? Someone posted that the Nets were the much better team in the 2000s (very true) but the Knicks are the team with a much deeper history on their side. I don't see how Denver doesn't get a mega shaft on this one; they needed to do something last year, as in 2009. I also think the Knicks are waiting for Melo to come rather than taking players that they don't want. The Nets should build thru the draft ala the NFLs Patriots and the NBAs Spurs.

There is always the probability that another secret team is interrested and the Nuggets are trying to push up the price. I wonder what the Denver fans are thinking and hoping about this just getting over with.  

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2011 10:17 pm

Melo update: Underground talks could lead to deal

@urgirtwitmenow... What was the point of your post? That none of us know what Carmelo Anthony is thinking? That's obvious, sherlock. I gave my opinion, and feel that it can be justified. Who knows? I might be wrong. All I know is that this country is filled with NY haters! They hate NYC because its the best city in the world. They hate the NY teams, people from NY, etc... If you are a basketball fan, you should want the Knicks to be good- that's when the NBA is at its best! When the 4 major markets are competing at a high level. Why do you think people consider the 90's as the best era for basketball? Next time say something interesting, rather than be a clown.. By the way, your girls with me now!

Come to a real team- the bulls? A team that the Knicks dominated in Chicago and in NY. Stop it! lol

Carmelo is my favorite player, yes, but I don't want the Knicks to trade their FUTURE for Carmelo. If we can sign him in the off season, great! But if not, no biggie. The Knicks need a tough defensive presents in the paint, and a hard-nose perimeter defender off the bench. The Knicks will have a lot of options in the off-season and at the trading deadline. Some parts of me hope he comes to the Nets because I can see him play and then get busted by the Knicks lol.. All I know is that the NBA is getting good again, and it's exciting!

Since: Jan 11, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2011 9:02 pm

Melo update: Underground talks could lead to deal

Melo come to a real team the BULLS

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