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Nets, Nuggets working on four team deal for Carmelo Anthony

Sep 24, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for canthony_arty.jpgYou have to say this about the new New Jersey Nets regime — they hustle.

The Nets are working feverishly to come up with a complex multi-team deal that would bring Carmelo Anthony to the Garden State (for a couple of years, and then Brooklyn), according to both Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo and ESPN’s Mark Stein, among other reports.

The other teams involved are Utah and Charlotte. The end result would be Anthony in New Jersey, No. 3 pick Derrick Favors and Andrei Kirilenko going to Denver along with several picks, Charlotte getting point guard .Devin Harris, while Boris Diaw would end up in Utah. By the way, why Utah would do this is they would get $5 million under the luxury tax threshold.

There would need to be other players involved to make all the salaries balance out. But with training camps set to open next week, this deal is likely to happen fast or not happen at all — the Nuggets don’t want every media day question to be about this trade.

There are a lot of moving parts to keep together, so don’t be shocked if this fell apart, and multiple sources say there is a ways to go. But there seems to be momentum behind it.

The biggest risk here for the Nets is whether Anthony would sign a long-term deal with them. He has consistently said he preferred to go to the Knicks or Bulls. The Nets, however, have a high-profile owner and will be moving to Brooklyn in two seasons, meeting some of his requirements.

The Nets would be smart to make this an extend-and-trade — make Anthony accept the three year, $65 million Denver has on the table before the trade goes through. Could Mikhail Prokhorov convince Anthony to sign it? If so, this is a good deal for the Nets (who would give Jordan Farmar the starting PG job he has craved with this move).

  1. Nick - Sep 24, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Maybe the Nets could get the Wolves to part with Rubio and Jefferson for a buttload of cash

  2. Million - Sep 24, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    Nick- Jefferson plays for Utah- not the Timberwolves. My opiniion- Melo is not going to New Jersey- New York or bust for him.

  3. janegame - Sep 24, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    hey budd look at this thing my boss told me about yesterday http://sportscomplainer.com/nba i think its like a drudge type thing but sports ya no. cutom

  4. Dan - Sep 24, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    He should just play out this year and then go anywhere he wants. Say the Bulls maybe?

  5. Omega - Sep 24, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    As long as he leaves, I don’t care if goes and plays in Estonia and we get a bowl of soup for him.
    Players come and go, team is forever.

  6. Kiet Peng - Sep 24, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    He’s going to the Spurs for Tony Parker and Bruce Bowen.
    Spurs4Life!

  7. PolegoJim - Sep 24, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    Good riddance Melo.
    Denver needs a complete player who’s a winner, not a whinner.
    Nets will have regrets.

  8. Wordwizahdry - Sep 24, 2010 at 6:54 PM

    This is a bad move for the Nets. Yes you get Melo but they would give up 2 ballers in Devin HArris and Favors (who is a future Allstar). The nets would be back to square one with a superstar with no one to help him besides maybe Lopez. If he couldn’t win with a better supporting cast in Denver why would he do better with less in NJ?

  9. Richard Sellers - Sep 24, 2010 at 7:12 PM

    Why would anybody want to leave Colorado and go to New Jersey?

  10. sculldoggy - Sep 24, 2010 at 7:14 PM

    It’s ALL about the money. Melo has a 99% better chance to win a championship with the Nuggets than with the Nets. The Nets are giving away the house for this whiner. Good luck…thanks for taking him. He’s trouble,you’ll see.

  11. Breckenridge - Sep 24, 2010 at 7:15 PM

    Why would anybody want to leave Colorado and go to New Jersey?

  12. rodk47 - Sep 24, 2010 at 7:29 PM

    some punk-ass, bright lights wannabe, borderline illiterate like Melo!

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