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Report: The holdup isn’t ‘Melo, it’s the Nuggets and Nets

Jan 18, 2011, 9:48 PM EDT

Carmelo Anthony Smiles

While we’ve all been waiting (and waiting, and waiting…) for Carmelo Anthony to make up his mind — New York or New Jersey? — the Associated Press reports we’ve all had it wrong.

He’s not the holdup — it’s the Nets and Nuggets.

A person with knowledge of the proposed Carmelo Anthony trade says the holdup is over the framework of the deal, not the All-Star forward’s willingness to commit to New Jersey.

Though they appeared close to a deal 11 days ago, the teams are still negotiating what the Nets would send to Denver, the person told The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the trade….

But the teams haven’t been able to agree on the exact price that will persuade the Nuggets to finally part with their franchise player.

You get the feeling the two sides are still haggling over the details. The framework of the deal as reported would send Anthony along with Chauncey Billups and Rip Hamilton to 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 as well as some second-round picks. There are other players and picks involved.

Previously the stumbling block was who, if anyone, would take the four-year, $28 million contract of Al Harrington. It might still be. They still might be looking for a fourth team to do so.

Although other reports question if Anthony will sign off on an extension with the Nets, the AP report says the Nets are not worried about that. As we’ve said before, there is no way the Nuggets or ‘Melo’s agent Leon Rose would have let talks progress this far if there were a definitive no. But that is different than a yes.

It seems like this soap opera is drawing to a close soon. That Anthony will decide… and then we can hope the Nets and Nuggets play nice and decide, too.

  1. henryd3rd - Jan 19, 2011 at 3:08 AM

    Will someone please tell me why Carmelo would want to play in Jersey with the Nets? He can wait to become a free agent and sign with the Knicks as a free agent. It just make no sense to me why the Nets would want him for just a couple of months. Then again neither do those mega contracts make any sense to me

    • hnirobert3 - Jan 19, 2011 at 7:34 AM

      The main reason is the uncertainty of the next CBA. Who could be leaving serious dollars on the table if he passes this up, and the salary cap goes down with the next CBA and a hardcap is installed. Personally, I think he’s going from an ehh situation in Denver to a really bad one with the Nets, but money talks.

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