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Nuggets and Nets reportedly agree on deal, leaving Anthony to determine his own fate

Feb 18, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT


At long last, a deal is reportedly in place which would make Carmelo Anthony a Net…if he so chooses. According to Fred Kerber of the New York Post, New Jersey and Denver have agreed to terms on a deal that would bring the Anthony trade saga to its overdue conclusion.

However, as has been the case all along, finalization of the deal depends on Anthony himself. Should Anthony give his approval by way of agreeing to sign an extension with the Nets, this is the likely final form of the trade that will significantly alter the complexions of the two franchises (per the Post):

The Nets would send rookie Derrick Favors, point guard Devin Harris, forward Troy Murphy with his expiring $11.9 million contract, rookie guard Ben Uzoh, and four first-round draft picks to the Nuggets for Anthony, point guard Chauncey Billups, forwards Renaldo Balkman and Shelden Williams, and center Melvin Ely.

The Nets would surrender their first-round pick for June’s NBA Draft along with a pair of 2012 picks (a protected-to-18 pick received from the Lakers and a protected-to-7 pick from the Warriors), and a 2011 lottery-protected Rockets pick.

Ken Berger of CBSSports says that it is actually a three-team deal closer to one that had been in place before the Nets pulled out of talks previously. In this scenario the third team would get one of those four picks to take on the expiring contract of Troy Murphy. Al Iannazzone of the Bergen Record also reports that Murphy will be part of the deal, but indicates that Murphy would land with the Nuggets — a point which has been disputed in various reports.

Anthony will deny it, but he sure seems to have enjoyed this whole trade drama. In the same way some girls like to have all the guys fighting over them — they feign disgust but secretly love the attention — Anthony has said one thing but acted like a guy who wanted to be wooed more than he wanted to choose.

His people said he would only sign with the Knicks but did help facilitate the Nets talks. He kept saying nice things about the Nuggets. He tried to play all the angles.

Now, this weekend, Anthony has to actually make a choice.

Will he sign a three-year, $65 million extension with the New Jersey Nets or not? He is supposed to meet with both Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov and Knicks owner James Dolan this weekend in Los Angeles, where all three of them will be for All-Star Weekend. Either way, this weekend Anthony is going to get what he wanted: he is going to be wooed. Billionaires will be fighting over him.

The time for games is over. He has the leverage of the extension, if he really wants to be a Knick only then the Nuggets will have to deal with them and whatever they offer. If the Nets are in play there is no offer the Knicks can make the Nuggets will like as much as Favors and picks.

So Anthony — decide already. It’s time.

  1. gnyj85 - Feb 18, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Agreed, its time to make a decision…….as long as its the Knicks…

  2. leearmon - Feb 18, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    According to this….

    All that we’re waiting on is Melo’s approval. Although im a Knick fan and want Melo in NY, its hard to argue that this is the best deal for the Nugs. I just dont see why you pull out of negotiations like the Russian did, just to sweeten the pot at the 11th hour. I dont know, but I honestly hope Dolan doesnt try to undermine what Donnie has done. If we have to trade everyone except Amar’e to get Melo, then I say we pass. Most respectable NBA experts say the one thing that prevents Miami from winning it all this year is lack of talent besides the big three. So if we only have STAT and Melo (who both are nowhere near the players Lebron and Wade are) how is our team better than we stand now? As for Melo, going to NJ with only Brook, Travis Outlaw, and Vujacic is going to be a long road to a championship, especially w/out picks but maybe they have a rock solid plan, but then again they are still the Nets.

  3. chargerdillon - Feb 18, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    A bunch of loser owners battling over a bronze medal prize

    There may be a handful of players worth what Prokhorov is willing to give up to get a player who doesnt even want to be there.

    Lebron James, Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant….. those guys are worth that type of deal, not a Carmelo Anthony who’s more thal halfway through his shelf life

  4. SmackSaw - Feb 18, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    Who in the – would want to play in N.J or Brooklyn? MSG baby!

  5. rushbacker - Feb 18, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Come on Melo, sign that extension with the Nets!

  6. hnirobert3 - Feb 18, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    I love Knicks fans and their overinflated perception of their teams historical importance.

  7. leearmon - Feb 18, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    One thing we need to consider as well all grow increasingly exhausted from all of this “Melo-drama” and “The Decision” before it is the really poor reporting that has gone on with it. Maybe if the reporters covering this were a tad bit more diligent in fact checking and making sure their “sources” were sound we all wouldnt be victims of this seemingly endless cycle of news alerts and breaking news etc. That being said, maybe all the latest reports are just much ado about nothing….

    The working media in this country is getting worse and worse…

  8. goforthanddie - Feb 18, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    If Mr. Vasquez doesn’t approve this deal, Denver should rip up its extension offer. This ordeal has become way overblown. He’s not Kobe or Dwight Howard FFS.

    • dannyblaze62 - Feb 18, 2011 at 5:47 PM

      Dwight Howard isn’t even a complete player. He is a dunk machine with no outside all.

      Blake Griffin has more game as a rookie. Shoot, he had more game as a college player.


      Kobe isn’t even worth as much as the Nets are offering. The only player I could see worth that much was Jordan (vintage 1988 Jordan), the GOAT.

  9. bigtrav425 - Feb 18, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    Thats entirely TO MUCH for what the Nets are getting..this is going to be a raping of epic proportions probably!

  10. dannyblaze62 - Feb 18, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    Once again we are left with obvious: Carmelo Anthony wants to play with the Knicks. Period. He has to wait till the deadline because until then Denver tries to look like a hero to its fan base. The New GM doesn’t want that black eye of losing a Superstar w/o at least looking like he tried his hardest to get something great. So in essence, if he loses Melo, he doesn’t lose face. It will fall on Melo. The point is Melo doesn’t care and why should he? He gets what he wants with his wife and the Knicks don’t have to gut their roster to get him. Oh you want more reasons? Okay, here are a few more why Melo will be wearing the blue and orange: Those reason are:

    1) Anthony does NOT want to play for the NJ. Brooklyn or not, it’s not New York CITY!
    2) I think that NJ gutting the core of their team AND dropping 4 firsts to Denver will kill them (remember the Hershel Walker deal in the NFL?). Melo would be stuck in (insert own ugly word) for years to come and not win anything.
    3) Denver is desperate and realizes there is no way the PA will allow a NFL style franchise tag in the NBA. Not gonna happen.
    4) Chris Paul is NOT going to Jersey. NJ’s market is small ( even if they are headed to Brooklyn, the appeal of that is smaller than you think)
    5) If you think this choice doesn’t have the “LaLa Effect” over it, you are misleading yourself. She needs the Garden and big city lights on Broadway not Brooklyn for her career as much as Melo does.
    6) There will be NO superstars on Jersey’s roster except for Melo (smells like Denver all over again doesn’t it?).
    7) There is NO place like playing in the Garden except… place. It is also the media capitol of THE world (NY is. What comes out of NJ?)
    8) Finally, Denver has no real leverage at all. That is why this falls on Melo. Has been like that all along. Bank on it.

    Add more reasons like marketing, endorsements, money and a way better chance to win with the trio of STAT, Melo and Paul in 2012.

    Its about to go down in the East.

  11. eyewild - Feb 19, 2011 at 1:02 AM

    Carmelo doesn’t like the the Nets owner who only offers money, but has no negotiating skills to convince him of a future.

    Carmelo doesn’t like the Nuggets because they only spend enough to make it to the playoffs. And he would never sign with a team silly enough to trade Billups who is the most loyal player to the Denver community, who wants to retire there, and is a hometown hero. What would Carmelo’s future be in Denver if Billips is so easily disposable?

    The Knicks are waiting at the end of the season…Carmelo might make less money, but hey he’ll be happy leaving the Nuggets as they are…confused and without a clue. When he is a free agent he won’t need to deal with nut cases in New Jersey and Denver.

    Denver can make this easy and trade him to the Knicks for hardly anything back.

  12. diegorodriguez3897 - Feb 19, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    If Carmelo doesn’t agree to this deal then you let him walk. No way the Nuggets let Carmelo pick his team and get his extension when that means hurting the team’s ability to compete moving forward. They will call his bluff and shift the risk of losing up to $15million over the life of his next contract on to Carmelo. I am a Nuggets fan but if Carmelo insists on trying to force his way to the Knicks when there is a much better deal available to the team then I think the team needs to let him walk. Worst case scenario for the Nuggets is that he walks, the Nuggets get minimal compensation but they have a MASSIVE amount of cap room moving forward no matter what happens with the next CBA. The team has to draw a line in the sand.

  13. 1historian - Feb 21, 2011 at 7:14 AM

    There have been a few posts deriding the level of journalism prevalent today which are quite justifiable but we should keep in mind the fact that accuracy is no longer one of the prime standards in the industry today – SPEED is more important. If there is a decision to be made between SPEED and accuracy – i.e. CHECKING THE FACTS before printing the story, speed wins about 90% of the time.

    I just looked at some of the celebrities-at-the-game photos and if you judge a culture by its heroes, we are in BIG TROUBLE.

    I’m starting a club with its motto – “I don’t care where Melo goes, if he goes, or why he goes” and membership is free.

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