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Report: ‘Melo wants Nets to sell him on team, future

Jan 14, 2011, 10:08 AM EDT

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It remains the ultimate final hurdle for the complex three-team trade that many reports now say could be completed early next week, after the Nets finish their current road trip (the final game is Sunday in San Antonio):

Will Anthony agree to a three-year, $65 million to play in New Jersey?

He wants the Nets to sell him on their future plans, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo.

“ ‘Melo can’t have cold feet now,” said one organizational source involved in the talks. “It’s too far down the line. He’s the one who wanted this.”

Anthony hasn’t ruled out committing to the Nets, but he wants a clearer vision of their plans for the future. Anthony’s preference is to wait to see what other trade options become available for him, the sources said.

According to a source of Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix (via twitter) the Nets had a plan for this:

Nets “expected that and have a plan to do just that.”expected

He adds that Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is scheduled to be in the United States next Wednesday and the goal is to have the deal completed before then.

It’s been a hard, complex deal to put together. There are 14-to-16 players involved in a deal that would end with Anthony, Chauncey Billups and Rip Hamilton playing in New Jersey; send Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, Anthony Morrow, some other players and a couple first-round picks to Denver; and give Detroit Troy Murphy and Johan Petro and some second-round picks.

Anthony is right to question what the long-term plans of the Nets are.

A roster with him at forward, Billups and Hamilton in the backcourt, and Brook Lopez in the paint (without much else on the roster) is worse than the Nuggets team he is leaving now and could not compete with the elite of the East (it likely is a fifth or sixth seed next season). Billups (34) and Hamilton (32) are on the back ends of their careers, this is not the roster of the future. Plus, all the salary the Nets are taking on in this deal that would preclude them from getting Chris Paul and/or Dwight Howard in the summer of 2012 without more moves (the Nets would have more than $40 million on the books at that point without extending Lopez). If this team is going to compete with the Heat and Magic in three seasons, a series of other steps will need to be taken. Anthony is right to want to hear what those are.

Still, all signs point to the teams agreeing to the trade. It will all just come down to Anthony.

  1. zackd2 - Jan 14, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Can we really say the Nets won’t have cap room for Dwight/CP3? I mean we don’t even know what the new cap is going to be? We don’t even know the value of the new “max contracts”.

    • silencegooddoer - Jan 14, 2011 at 1:12 PM

      Excellent point! In fact, I would think that the owner’s are going to fight raising the cap after this past off-season. The owners are going to want to protect themselves and thier franchise’s from being extremely devalued by players creating contraction on thier own.

  2. goforthanddie - Jan 14, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    I’m sick of this so-called “story”. Denver already told NJ to STFU about things, they need to tell Mr. Vasquez the same thing. And if he decides to veto any trade, rip that damn extension up and hand it to him.

    • petermcd88 - Jan 14, 2011 at 5:25 PM

      That is a pretty stupid comment. Denver told NJ to shut up or they would trade Melo to NY and what happened? The wait period made Melo have second thoughts about NJ. Amare reached out to Melo and the Knicks start to put together a trade. Now all of a sudden the Nets/Nuggets trade has heated up again despite Denver’s hurt feelings and the obvious fact that rumors of recent negotiations probably came in part from NJ. The obvious conclusion is that no other team can give Denver what NJ has so if they want to get the most value Denver had better be the ones to shut up and play nice. If Denver told Melo to shut up, they risk angering him to the point of saying he would only go to the Knicks

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