Melo to the Nets could be a done deal this week

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 7 years ago '04        #1
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Melo to the Nets could be a done deal this week
 

 

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The New Jersey Nets' attempts to acquire Denver's Carmelo Anthony are "further along" than any trade scenario that has been discussed since their near-acquisition of Anthony in late September, according to sources close to the negotiations.

A three-team deal involving the Detroit Pistons that would include at least 15 players -- with Rip Hamilton and Chauncey Billups winding up in New Jersey with Anthony -- could be completed as soon as this week, sources said.

The primary elements of the scenario currently on the table, sources said, call for New Jersey to acquire Anthony, Billups and Hamilton; Denver to land Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, Anthony Morrow and at least two first-round picks; and Detroit to acquire Troy Murphy and Johan Petro.

Other players with smaller contracts would have to be included to make the salary-cap math work.

One key to the advancing nature of negotiations, sources said, is the Nets' and Nuggets' willingness to complete a trade without asking Detroit to surrender a first-round pick.

When the talks involving Detroit as a potential third-team facilitator were first reported Friday night by the Bergen Record of New Jersey, sources told ESPN.com that the Pistons were balking largely because they were being asked to surrender a first-rounder.

Yet sources said one of the remaining potential snags is New Jersey's insistence that the Pistons absorb the contract of Petro.

The Pistons do not want to take back Petro, even though shedding Hamilton's contract in exchange for Murphy and the Nets' center would represent an overall savings of roughly $17 million.

Sources say Detroit's stance on Petro has prompted New Jersey to begin looking for a fourth team that might be willing to take on the 24-year-old big man.

The Nets turned to Detroit to help seal their months-long pursuit of Anthony after attempts to rope in Cleveland, Minnesota and Portland as a third-team facilitator failed to progress.

Any trade for Anthony, however, still hinges on the All-Star forward's willingness to sign a three-year, $65 million extension with the Nets as part of the transaction in what is known as an extend-and-trade. The Boston Celtics got the same extend-and-trade commitment from Kevin Garnett when they acquired him from Minnesota in July 2007.

The Nets have made it clear that they will not agree to an Anthony deal without getting his signature on an extension a la Garnett. ESPN.com reported last month that the Nets plan to request permission -- and have already been told they will receive it -- to meet with Anthony face-to-face if a trade agreement is eventually struck with Denver. That would allow owner Mikhail Prokhorov and part-owner Jay-Z to lead a Nets contingent that would try to lobby the Brooklyn-born Anthony directly on the team's future, with the Nets planning to move to Brooklyn in time for the 2012-13 season.

The Nets long ago committed to send prized rookie Favors, former All-Star Harris and at least two first-round picks to the Nuggets in exchange for Anthony.

But New Jersey has been attempting to find a third team to help facilitate the blockbuster deal for Anthony that they've been chasing since the September collapse of a four-team swap involving Charlotte and Utah.

One source close to the situation insisted Sunday that the Nets -- optimistic as this sounds -- believe a face-to-face meeting with Prokhorov won't even be necessary to get Anthony's signoff if New Jersey can indeed acquire Billups and Hamilton. It was not immediately clear, though, how Denver native Billups' reported desire to seek a buyout if he's traded by his hometown team to the Nets would affect Anthony's stance.

What did seem clear Sunday is that the talks have taken on their most serious tone since the negotiations in February that would have landed Harris in Charlotte and Jazz veteran Andrei Kirilenko in Denver.

The New York Knicks remain Anthony's strongly preferred destination, sources say, but Denver has shown little interest in the Knicks' a.ssets (such as Wilson Chandler, Landry Fields and Danilo Gallinari) and have been negotiating almost exclusively with the Nets for weeks.

With Favors and a cache of first-round picks it can move, New Jersey has a far more attractive war chest of trade a.ssets. It likewise appears the Nets will not abandon their pursuit of Anthony until they're told directly by the All-Star forward that he would not sign an extension with them, which is the message some sources close to the process still believe New Jersey will get, as reported in December by ESPN.com's Chris Sheridan.

Nets officials, though, have remained quietly confident for months that Anthony, born in Brooklyn, ultimately would agree to the extension -- no matter how much he'd prefer to play in New York -- to ensure that he locks in his contract before labor negotiations this summer that are expected to establish a much more restrictive financial landscape in the league.

One source close to the talks said Sunday afternoon that the deal could be clinched if the Nets can find a fourth team willing to absorb Petro's salary. Detroit has been restricted in its attempts to make roster moves in recent months because of the team's pending sale, but sources told ESPN.com on Friday that the Pistons would be very interested if a trade scenario developed where they only had to surrender Hamilton and take back Murphy.

The Nets and Nuggets, meanwhile, have not stopped looking for other teams beyond Detroit that would be interested in joining the trade, since Denver does not have a strong need for Harris with young guard Ty Lawson on the roster. New Jersey and Denver have likewise continued to discuss trade possibilities with the Nuggets that don't involve any other teams.


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394 comments for "Melo to the Nets could be a done deal this week"

 7 years ago '09        #2
JewsusChrist 211 heat pts211
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billups said he would buyout if traded there
 7 years ago '08        #3
Dee Grande 1269 heat pts1269
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hopefully somebody else takes petro


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 7 years ago '09        #4
Ricky Towel 128 heat pts128
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we'll see.
 7 years ago '05        #5
TheT 21 heat pts21
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Wake me up when this s**t actually happens. :sleepy:
 7 years ago '04        #6
#RAPTORSWON 228 heat pts228
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lol as long as the Knicks don't get him, i'll be happy...
 7 years ago '04        #7
MosDefinition 19 heat pts19
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i just want this bs resolved one way or another just so the team can move on as terribly as theyve have been playing they arent even that far out of the playoff picture
 7 years ago '05        #8
Hold That 104 heat pts104
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 FappingFapstar said:
billups said he would buyout if traded there
this.

I don't see how Melo signs an extention with a team that will just have Lopez/Melo/and a old a.ss rip hamilton who is useless at this point..

The Nets should be trying to get Ben Gordon, unless they plan to try and convince Billups to give it a shot.
 01-09-2011, 03:13 PM         #9
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this deal was suppose to be done every week
 7 years ago '05        #10
Rockobox 76 heat pts76
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 7 years ago '04        #11
GarySanchize24 239 heat pts239
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Rip, Melo, and Lopez = Dynasty

Crown'em

 7 years ago '04        #12
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 Dee Grande said:
hopefully somebody else takes petro


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hes cheap and a servicable center
 7 years ago '04        #13
GarySanchize24 239 heat pts239
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 Russ369 said:
lol as long as the Knicks don't get him, i'll be happy...
You should be happy about being a lottery team for the rest of the decade.
 7 years ago '10        #14
Dextromethorphan 217 heat pts217
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More like 24 to 48 hours.
 7 years ago '09        #15
TriniSoldier 69 heat pts69
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again? tired of these damn rumor threads about my n*gga. he gonna go where he goes. :jay:
 7 years ago '04        #16
KURUPTION!!! 541 heat pts541 OP
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 FappingFapstar said:
billups said he would buyout if traded there
A buyout is a courtesy, Billups has zero leverage. All he can do is not report. Suck for dude though, he seems to be a stand up guy who wants to finish his career where he started it. Hope it works out for him.

 Russ369 said:
lol as long as the Knicks don't get him, i'll be happy...
They'll get him this summer and the Nets will be set back five years at least.
 7 years ago '08        #17
Main Event 55 heat pts55
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Same recycled bulls**t, Detox will come out before he gets traded
 7 years ago '04        #19
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 stunna2004 said:
Rip, Melo, and Lopez = Dynasty

Crown'em

aww someones mad carmelo is never gonna play for the nix
 7 years ago '04        #20
GarySanchize24 239 heat pts239
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^ exactly ^ , wake me up when this is fact.....idiot reporters just want something to write about
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