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Conflicting reports on if Anthony approved extension with Nets, clearing way for trade

Sep 24, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for carmello.anthony.2.jpgIt appears to have come down to this — if Carmelo Anthony approves a three-year, $65 million (or similar) contract extension with the New Jersey Nets, a complex four-team trade likely will go forward.

According to one report, he has.

New York Daily News Nets beat writer Stefan Bondy tweeted this Friday evening:

Reliable source: Carmelo has approved the deal to the Nets.

The deal could go down as early as tomorrow.

Take that with a grain of salt, but not a big one. Several other reports say no decision has been made, but they have him leaning toward approving the deal.

Word is that William “Worldwide” Wesley — backroom powerbroker for Anthony’s agent and CAA — has been pushing Anthony to take the deal. You’d be foolish to think new Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov also has not been in contact with Anthony.

Anthony has through the weekend to approve the extension and for the deal to go ahead, or the entire thing falls apart. Nobody wants this hanging over their head going in to camp next week

The trade would break down like this: Anthony would go to New Jersey along with DJ Augustin (probably, that last part not finalized); No. 3 pick Derrick Favors, Andrei Kirilenko and the Nets first round pick (formerly Golden State’s, top seven protected) and maybe more going to Denver; Charlotte getting point guard Devin Harris; while Boris Diaw would end up in Utah. Utah would do this because they would get $5 million under the luxury tax threshold with the salary savings.

There would likely be other parts. And a lot of things could fall out, but reports are that it really comes down to Anthony accepting an extension with New Jersey.

It will mean a step back this year — Denver with Melo would be a better team then New Jersey with Melo will be. For now. But Denver seems unable to get over the hump in the West and the Nets would be a building team in the East with Melo and Brook Lopez, plus a new billionaire Russian owner. Plus they will be in New York in two years.

Is that enough? Apparently so, but we wait for confirmation.

  1. terry - Sep 24, 2010 at 9:25 PM

    The nets will regret this. Anthony has a world of talent but he is immature and selfish and out for #1 the heck with everyone else.

  2. RW - Sep 24, 2010 at 9:28 PM

    Note to Carmelo:
    Wait a year and go to the Knicks, play in the Garden with Amare and Chris Paul.

  3. Nonyabusiness - Sep 24, 2010 at 9:33 PM

    Carmelo would be beyond stupid to play for the Nets over the Knicks, if he wants money so much he’s better off staying in Denver. I’m not a Knicks fan but if he went to NY he would definitely make more then 65M in endorsements. Amare made 27M in endorsements already over the summer after signing with the Knicks. Thats crazy. He’s goign to make 27M over a 3 year span and its only been a month. He’ll get more and Melo would to if he goes there. Screw new york and all of there riches.

  4. Baltimore Orioles #1! - Sep 24, 2010 at 9:34 PM

    Not even Carmelo is worth losing both Derrick Favors and Devin Harris

  5. youngjedifresh - Sep 24, 2010 at 9:46 PM

    nonyabusiness- eat a dick you hater… NY NY NY NY

  6. Tony D. 15 - Sep 24, 2010 at 10:08 PM

    Does anyone realize, Newark, while not NYC is in the exact same Media Market, with the same exact endorsements available and can even live in Manhattan. They are moving to Brooklyn in 2 years, and a three year extension would mean the Nets would have him for 4 years. The Nets with Melo, even minus Devin Harris (who sprains his ankle every week) will be better than the Knicks.

  7. Jrcavalier - Sep 24, 2010 at 10:18 PM

    Stupid Carmelo he’s giving up Chris Paul and amare…over money man do what lebron did choose winning over money…stupid carmelo

  8. Tony D. 15 - Sep 24, 2010 at 10:28 PM

    Jr, what are you talkin about? The Nets have plenty of money to sign Chris Paul next year!

  9. Tony D. 15 - Sep 24, 2010 at 10:33 PM

    What are you talking about? The Nets have plenty of expiring contracts coming off the books next year and will have plenty of money to sign Paul! You’ll see that Stoudemire is just a big ugly dude without the long haired Canadian guy giving him easy down low looks and alley-oops.

  10. Drew - Sep 24, 2010 at 11:11 PM

    If the Nets are making this move with the intention of landing Paul next year, it might make for a beautiful gamble. If they are unable to get Paul next year, losing Harris and Favors for Melo seems like an awfully high bargain. DJ Augustin and Jordan Farmar at the point doesn’t exactly instill fear in opposing teams. Denver gains. Charlotte gains. Utah loses, but saves some money. New Jersey remains to be seen if this goes through.

  11. iron hand - Sep 24, 2010 at 11:24 PM

    Good bye, Carmelo. Take your fantastic leadership and defensive skills, and head to NJ. Do they still have a team there? You and your oscar craveing wife, will love it. She can star in another moronic show, for those idiots at MTV. And you can score 40 a night, and explain to the media how the team lost by 20. And after your career is over, you can blame your teamates, for not owning a ring. I sure hope her celebrity was worth it. Just as stupid as lebron.

  12. NuggetFan - Sep 25, 2010 at 1:23 AM

    Denver Nugget fan here and as much as I hate to see Carmelo leave I’m okay with it. He has given denver nugget basketball life when it was dead to the world. As long as Denver receives far-value value back (love the draft picks the most) then I’m good with it. All Denver fans, if this trade goes through denver is in a rebuilding mode. Denver gave it a good run and tried to make it work with Carmelo-Kmart-NENE-JRswoosh but its not happening so its time to blow it up and start from scratch. If the Guy ( Melo ) does not want to be here, I’m cool wit it just get fair value back in return. I would like to be first to say Melo if you leave the nuggets thanks for your 7 years of bball play in denver and we wish you all the best! Do what is best for you and for your family and thanks for not doing a LEBRON to us cause that was just wronggg what LEBRON did. funny…but wrong poor cleveland. Go broncos! and the drive lol haha
    maybe denver could make a run at the Durant sweepstakes in 2013 haha

  13. Dirk Simmons - Sep 25, 2010 at 1:49 AM

    As a Bulls fan, this is very disappointing. I just don’t see why you would want to play for the Nets when they only won 12 games last year. It’s mind-boggling. I know…new coach, new owner, yada-yada-yada. The team still has to be on the court and this team won 12 games. That’s outrageously pathetic. And I don’t mean any disrespect to Nets fans, because the Bulls had some awful years too after Jordan left. But Chicago is a great town for basketball. I was glad to hear Melo wanted to play here, but I’d be a little disappointed if he went to the Nets.

  14. SmurfJuice - Sep 25, 2010 at 5:44 AM

    The Knicks have proven they are inept at building a team. Amare wasn’t dumb for choosing the Knicks, the Knicks were dumb for giving him a max deal.
    The Nets meanwhile have a lot of reason to improve quickly. JayZ can help with their urban marketing in New York, if necessary. The new owner is committed, he’s similar to Mark Cuban in that regard. The Nets have more than enough cap space. They’re moving to brand new money-making arena in Brooklyn.
    I can easily see the Nets getting Carmelo this year, CP3 next year, moving in and making the Knicks disappear from public view. And since they will be cheaper than the Big Three in Miami, you’ll have a more balanced roster than the Heat have.
    Carmelo, I say call up Chris Paul and see what’s on his mind. If he’s interested, then sign the deal.

  15. Anonymous - Sep 25, 2010 at 6:03 AM

    nuggets won’t

  16. gato - Sep 25, 2010 at 8:22 AM

    hey breadman,you sound like a bad mother…except that you posted your message on a friday night at midnight…LOSER!!!what ?no gangsta business in you side of town on a friday night?or your mommy won’t let you go out past 9:00pm…hahahahahaha

  17. Omnius - Sep 25, 2010 at 9:25 AM

    Carmelo is a total self serving jerk and the Nets are fools to trade for him. Carmelo will stab the Nets in the back once his contract expires. Denver should be thankful to dump this perennial loser and maybe they’ll find some actual good loyal players. Kobe Bryant is the greatest basketball player in the world and the Repeat World Champion Lakers will Threepeat next June!

  18. NJNETS - Sep 25, 2010 at 9:26 AM

    YEA THANK YOU PEOPLE DONT REALIZE THAT AMARE IS NOTHING WITHOUT STEVE NASH. wHOS THE ONE WHO GAVE HIM OPEN LOOKS OFF PICK AND ROLL. steve nash. AMARE CANT REBOUND AND BARELY SCORE SO HES NOT GONNA BE PRODUCTIVE and AFTER THIS YEAR HES GONNA WANT TO LEAVE. HE JUST LEFT THE TEAM WHO WENT TO WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL

  19. bull's fan in MA - Sep 25, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    Melo in NJ then NY, is better for the NBA than his staying in obscurity in Denver.Sorry for Denver and Cleveland but how many players really want to live in those cities.

  20. nugget thin and thinner - Sep 25, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    As a long suffering nugget fan, I wish Melo the best. The guy has always came into camp in great shape, play every night – injuries or not, carries the team on his back, wants the ball when the game is on the line, and delivers. He definitely is worth the price of a ticket to watch. Melo’s been a better basketball player than Elway was a football player and half the town calls him a thug. I can’t blame him for trying to find a place that appreciates what he brings every night. On the other hand, the Nugget new GM did a great job turning a stacked deck into something to work with. Go Nuggets.

  21. Drew - Sep 25, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    Will you find any excuse to insert a Lakers reference? I find it ironic that you are dumping on Melo as a “self serving jerk who will stab the Nets in the back” when just three years ago Kobe was sulking and publicly demanding a trade out of LA. Kobe’s display of immaturity and disgruntledness is far greater than anything Melo has shown.
    I think Melo just wants to win. He tried to make it work in Denver. It didn’t happen. The pieces aren’t in place on that team for a championship run, especially if Melo inks a long-term deal. It’s time to blow it up. Can’t blame a guy for wanting to win, even if that means leaving. Watch how quickly New Jersey begins rebuilding if Melo is on board.

  22. Bob - Sep 25, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    To the bulls fan in mass, how is it better for the NBA for great players to have zero loyalty to the teams that drafted them and did everything they could to build perennial playoff teams around them? How is that good? How is it good that players leave the smaller market teams to go make even more money, and play under the brighter lights of the large markets? Thats good? Do struggling americans really appreciate the greed of these so called superstars who have never won anything?
    That being said, the nuggets better jump on this deal. Favors and a draft pick for melo? Hell yeah. Throw in kirlenko, who may be almost as big of an impact player as melo, and this is a no brainer, train robbery by the nuggets.

  23. Israel Ayala - Sep 25, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    To the bulls fan in mass, how is it better for the NBA for great players to have zero loyalty to the teams that drafted them and did everything they could to build perennial playoff teams around them? How is that good? How is it good that players leave the smaller market teams to go make even more money, and play under the brighter lights of the large markets? Thats good? Do struggling americans really appreciate the greed of these so called superstars who have never won anything?
    That being said, the nuggets better jump on this deal. Favors and a draft pick for melo? Hell yeah. Throw in kirlenko, who may be almost as big of an impact player as melo, and this is a no brainer, train robbery by the nuggets. Yeah, i know, Melo scores more than Andrei, but he can’t defend 3 positions.
    Melo is valuable as a scorer. Nothing but a taller Allen Iverson, with half the heart.

  24. delusionalnetsfans - Sep 25, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    The nets were 17 games worse than the Knicks, WITHOUT Amare. Adding Anthony to a team with no talent except for Lopez doesn’t make them 20 games better. And Newark is NOT the same market as NYC. Even when Kidd was with the nets, and they went to the finals, he was invisible as far as endorsements go.

  25. Denver Donkey - Sep 25, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    Cant wait to send Carmelo off to the Swamps of Jersey. If the Nets eventually make the playoffs you will see like out here in the thin air he disappears during the Playoffs.

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