LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new report says the Denver Nuggets and New Jersey Nets have reached a tentative deal to send Carmelo Anthony to Jersey. However the deal can only be consummated if Anthony signs a contract extension with the Nets.
The Record in New Jersey reports that deal would send Anthony to the Nets along with Chauncey Billups, Sheldon Williams, Melvin Ely and Renaldo Balkman. In return, the Nuggets would receive Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, Troy Murphy, Ben Uzoh and four first-round draft picks.
But nothing can happen until Anthony agrees to the contract extension, and so far, he has not indicated he would do so with New Jersey.
Anthony said Friday “no meeting at all” is scheduled with the Nets and didn’t know what he would say if one does happen.
Speaking at an NBA Cares community service event, Anthony said a reported meeting that Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov was seeking with the All-Star forward was “news to me.”
“I haven’t heard it,” Anthony said.
Russian billionaire Prokhorov told team executives last month to end drawn-out trade talks for Anthony, a day before they had been scheduled to meet.
“If I was to meet with that guy, to be honest I really don’t know what I would say,” Anthony said.
The Nuggets have looked into trading Anthony since he declined to sign a three-year contract extension worth nearly $65 million this season. The Nets have been close to a deal twice, and the New York Knicks are considered the other favorite to land Anthony if Denver decides to move him by Thursday afternoon.
Prokhorov’s spokeswoman insists nothing has changed with the impending NBA trading deadline, despite multiple reports of a possible meeting and/or deal. Prokhorov cited the high price the Nuggets were seeking and his frustration with the public nature of the talks when he halted them, not because of reports that Anthony only would agree to a long-term extension with the Knicks if he were dealt.
There are also reports that Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan wants to meet with Anthony this weekend. Anthony said there was no meeting scheduled with him, either, but seems to see the value in talking with a team that’s interested in him.
“Whether it’s Prokhorov or Dolan or (Lakers owner Jerry) Buss, the third team that just came out last week, whoever it is, you would want to sit down and have eye contact with him and get a feeling for him,” Anthony said.
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