NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Carmelo Anthony was willing to meet with the New Jersey Nets.
He still won’t say whether he ever would have agreed to actually play for them.
“I would take that meeting. As far as anything else, I really can’t speak on that,” Anthony said Monday night.
Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov pulled his team out of trade talks with the Denver Nuggets before it ever got to that point. Though he said it was because he was unhappy with the way the talks had gone, there were reports it was because the Nets knew Anthony would have refused to sign a long-term extension that would have been a prerequisite for New Jersey to go through with the deal.
“I really don’t know where that came from, as far as if I was to come here the extension wasn’t going to be signed. I really don’t know who started that,” Anthony said. “There’s a lot of things that are being said out there that I don’t know where they came from. Sources, I guess. As far as the extension, if that trade were to go through, who knows what would’ve happened. I can’t really answer that.”
So for now Anthony remains with the Nuggets, who lost 115-99 to the Nets in their first meeting since trade talks collapsed for the second time this season.
Anthony said he doesn’t know how much longer he’ll be with the Nuggets — or even if he’ll ever leave. But he said he hasn’t spoken recently with general manager Masai Ujiri and team president Josh Kroenke, who have to decide if they want to move their superstar before the Feb. 24 trade deadline or deal with this situation straight into the offseason.
“When something starts brewing, or something starts going on, then I’m pretty sure Masai and Josh will come to me and let me know what’s going on,” Anthony said.