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Report: Carmelo Anthony to give final answer to Nets Monday

Feb 21, 2011, 10:39 AM EDT

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More than seven months after the whole drama started, Carmelo Anthony is going to finally make a decision Monday.

He is finally going to inform the Nets whether or not he would sign an extension with them, according to the New York Post.

If Anthony will sign the three-year, $65 million extension with New Jersey then the Nets and Nuggets will make a deal that would send Anthony, Chauncey Billups,  Renaldo Balkman, Shelden Williams and Melvin Ely to the Nets. In return the Nuggets would get Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, rookie Ben Uzoh and Troy Murphy and up to four first round picks. (Don’t expect the Nuggets and Murphy to be paired long if at all. They have been looking for a third team to take him, or another team to quickly trade him to, with one possibility being Golden State.)

If Anthony says no to the Nets, the Nuggets and Knicks are close to having a deal and likely would finalize one. Whether or not Timofey Mozgov is part of that deal remains to be seen.

Anthony met all the key owners this weekend — Knicks owner James Dolan Thursday and Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov on Saturday. Initial reports were the Nets did not think that meeting went well, but Prokhorov was more positive with CNBC sports business reporter Darren Rovell Sunday.

“It was a fantastic meeting, trust me,” Prokhorov said, smiling. “No words, live music, excellent atmosphere. We looked into each other’s eyes. Just real man talk….

“Carmelo is in a difficult situation,” Prokhorov said. “For him, maybe it’s the most important decision of his life.”

Prokhorov also said he believes pulling the team out of prior negotiations was the right move, as was getting back in when they did.

“I think we made a very good tactical decision to force (the) Knicks to pay as much as they can,” Prokhorov said. “So it’s very good, it’s very interesting, it’s very competitive.”

  1. dirksimmons - Feb 21, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    This is a great way for Prokhorov to save face. You guys gotta remember what the business culture is like in Russia. It looked like he was bending over backwards to get this deal done before, which comes off as weak. Now he gets to spin it like it’s a competitive move to make the Knicks pay as much as possible. Very clever. I don’t think there’s any doubt Carmelo picks the Knicks. My only question is why. I personally would have pushed for a trade to the Bulls. His situation in New York can’t be better than it is in Denver. He was closer to winning a championship there a couple of years ago.

  2. 1historian - Feb 21, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    The Nuggets wanted much more than the Bulls were willing to give up, but to see CA on that team would be interesting.

  3. ocgunslinger - Feb 21, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    The biggest loser will be the team that “Wins” the contract for Melo. With what either team gives up to get him will cost them dearly in the future. Surely they can build a team without giving up picks for a good but not great player. Stupid is………well just watch.

  4. streatordave - Feb 21, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    “In return the Nuggets would get Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, rookie Ben Uzoh and Troy Murphy and up to four first round picks would head to the Nets.” This is so confusing. Why would the Nuggets trade Anthony & give up four count them four #1 drft picks to the Nets??????

  5. jmclarkent - Feb 21, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Why would the Nuggets trade Anthony & give up four count them four #1 drft picks to the Nets?

    That was a mistype, Denver would actually get the 4 picks as well.

  6. genericcommenter - Feb 21, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    I believe “Nets” and “Nuggets” were confused at least twice in the article. 1. The Nuggets would get the draft picks, not Nets. 2. Troy Murphy is going to the Nuggets from the Nets, so I assume the comment about being “not long for the Nets” meant to say Nuggets, also.

  7. thejokewriter - Feb 21, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    I have just five words for you all: Herschel Walker For 11 Guys!

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