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Welcome to the Melo free-agent summit

Posted on: February 18, 2011 3:58 am
LOS ANGELES -- Amid revived discussions between the Nuggets and Nets on a blockbuster trade that would send Carmelo Anthony to New Jersey, the tipping point remains as it has always been: Will Anthony take the ultimate deciding step and meet with Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov to indicate his willingness to sign a contract extension as part of a trade?

A possible three-team deal in which the Nets would give up a staggering haul of four first-round picks to lure the three-time All Star away from his preferred choice, the Knicks, cannot move forward without the Nets' owner finally getting his chance to sell Anthony on being the centerpiece of the franchise's move to Brooklyn. However, has learned that Anthony personally has not agreed to such a meeting during All-Star weekend, despite reports that his representatives have already arranged it.

The New York Daily News reported Friday that Anthony is scheduled not only to meet with Prokhorov, but also Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan -- setting up dueling free-agent summits reminiscent of the teams' courtship of LeBron James in July.

A firm answer won't come until Friday afternoon, when Anthony will address the media as part of the scheduled All-Star interview sessions. The opportunity to meet with Prokhorov -- if, in fact, the Russian has changed his mind about ending his team's pursuit of Anthony -- represents the final step in determining whether the Nets' months-long pursuit of the All-Star can continue or not. After it became known that the Nets and Nuggets had re-engaged in talks after Prokhorov ordered GM Billy King to walk away from the negotiating table Jan. 19, Prokhorov's spokesperson, Ellen Pinchuk, told the Associated Press, "Mikhail has not changed his mind."

The latest incarnation of the New Jersey deal has the Nets sending Derrick Favors, Devin Harris and Ben Uzoh to the Nuggets along with four first-round picks for Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, and Renaldo Balkman. In addition, Yahoo! Sports reported that Troy Murphy and his $12 million expiring contract would be sent to a third team, which would receive compensation in the form of one or two of the first-round picks from New Jersey.

The Nuggets, who privately have expected to someday revive the New Jersey talks since Prokhorov ended them last month, prefer this deal to anything the Knicks have been willing to offer. One person connected to the talks described the New Jersey deal as a leverage play that would force the Knicks to come to the table with their best offer for Anthony, who has long been determined to agree to a three-year, $65 million extension only with the Knicks if traded before the Feb. 24 deadline.

"It's good pressure for the Knicks," the person connected to the talks said.

The Knicks have balked at Denver's demands for Anthony, believing their best chance to build a championship team around the All-Star tandem of Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire would be to sign Anthony as a free agent after he opts out of his $18.5 million contract for next season. Knicks president Donnie Walsh and coach Mike D'Antoni have remained steadfast in their belief that they cannot afford to gut the team to get Anthony and leave themselves without payroll flexibility to build around him -- flexibility Walsh spent the past 2 1-2 years creating after years of mismanagement at Madison Square Garden.

Indeed, Prokhorov won't be the only billionaire roaming the hotel hallways in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles Friday. Dolan's presence for league meetings and a collective bargaining session has further stoked speculation that he will overrule his basketball people and authorize a lopsided trade in the face of the Nuggets' renewed leverage with the Nets.

Anthony has delivered consistently mixed signals about his willingness to meet with Prokhorov, a necessary step in completing the trade to New Jersey. When stories broke prematurely last month that the Nuggets had given the Nets permission to speak with Anthony directly, Anthony reacted dismissively after a game in San Antonio and said, "I let the front office handle that type of stuff. ... That's not my job to do."

Days later, after Prokhorov pulled the plug, Anthony conceded, "I would've taken that meeting."

This weekend in L.A., it will be hard for this sought-after millionaire to hide from the billionaires courting him.


Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2011 4:52 pm

Welcome to the Melo free-agent summit

Educated people use they're and too correctly.

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: February 18, 2011 4:18 pm

Welcome to the Melo free-agent summit

Berger you are a Moron for using the word "summit" that word is for liberal progressives. Or you just have a fetish for
 Barack"The socialist"Obama! Nothing worse then a journalist trying to sound educated! I gotta stop reading your stories there to retarded......

;     &nbs
p;      Everyone Stop reading this guys garbage!! 

Since: Jan 24, 2011
Posted on: February 18, 2011 3:06 pm

Welcome to the Melo free-agent summit

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2011 2:24 pm

Welcome to the Melo free-agent summit

Carmelo Anthony signed (and was happy) with his EXIXTING contract with the Nuggets....What on Earth makes ANYONE confident he's going to be happy with the NEXT contract he signs, with ANY TEAM , before it is up?

There are a dozen other players I'd rather have than Anthony, mainly because allthough he's a guy that SCORES....he's not a great rebounder, not a great defender, not a great shot blocker, not an elite 3 point many guys in the league are there than can score 25 a game, make LESS than Anthony wants to make, and DON'T have the mentality of a 13 year old ? More than enough to avoid trading 3-4 impact players to Denver for, thats for sure.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2011 12:49 pm

Welcome to the Melo free-agent summit

MELO IS A NET.  I just heard.  He is now dead to me.  I hope he has a career ending injury.  dsf;lksfdak;lfsdf;lk

Since: Mar 22, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2011 12:31 pm

Welcome to the Melo free-agent summit

AZNNP can you read or no?? First of all this deal doesn't get done unless Carmelo signs the 3 year extension with the Nets so it would not be a rental.

The Nuggets do not get all of that. Murphy as they said in the article would not go to Denver he would go to a 3rd team which would also receive 1 or 2 of the Nets 1st round picks for taking on the Murphy contract.

If the deal gets through Denver Gets Melo and Billups for Devin Harris who is a good PG but by no means elite. Denver has Ty Lawson so they would try andmove Harris anyway because they are not all that intrigued with him. They also get Favors who is not doing much of anything in his rookie season and 2 first round picks which will probably be in the 12-18 range because even adding Melo the Nets wont be that good.

This is all nonsense anyway, he will be a Knick when it is all said and doen by Feb 24.

Since: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: February 18, 2011 12:29 pm

Welcome to the Melo free-agent summit

Not only are you crazy, but just plain stupid. The only way the Nets make this trade is if Anthony agrees to sign an extension with the Nets. Why do you think they want to meet with him so bad?

Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2011 11:39 am

Welcome to the Melo free-agent summit

Am I crazy in thinking that Denver gets the most out of this trade regardless of the fact that Carmelo is going to be a free agent this summer?

Nets Get -
Carmelo Anthony (Elite Scorer with no defense)
Billups (35 year old veteren)

Nuggets Get -
Devin Harris (Franchise Point Guard that is 6 years younger than Billups)
Derrick Favors (Lottery Pick from last draft)
Expiring Contract of Troy Murphy (Which will allow another free agent signing this summer or next)
4 first round picks, including this year's lottery pick.

And to think, they get all this for a 4 month Carmelo Anthony rental. This has got to be the dumbest move I have ever seen if it goes through. You might as well contract the nets out of the league next year.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2011 10:45 am

Welcome to the Melo free-agent summit

REDWINGS---I'm born and raised in Jersey 30 min form NYC.  The reason why the Jets and the Giants aren't called Jersey Giants/Jets is for marketability so your point about endorsments being the same, in my opinion is wrong.  Yeah I know Jersey is close to NYC but it's all about the name.  Next you said athletes don't care about anything but the money.  I think you're right about 80% of them.  Melo being so vocal about wanting to be Knick tells me it's more than just the money.  I don't know why anyone would want him on their team beside the Knicks.  I know I wouldn't want to root for a player that everyone knows doesn't want to be there.

Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2011 10:39 am


You've been on this story for a good 6 months now.  Maybe they should transfer you to CNN and you can follow the whereabouts of Bin Laden.  You couldn't do any worse.

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