Another day, another Carmelo Anthony trade rumor. And this time it doesn’t involve the New York Knicks.
It was reported Wednesday night that the New Jersey Nets and Denver Nuggets have re-opened talks regarding Anthony. Which is kind of funny, considering that a month ago Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov was so fed up with the negotiations that he held a press conference to announce he was taking his team out of the running.
Most experts had speculated that the Nets might be involved again at some point, simply because the easiest deal to get Anthony out of Denver involved New Jersey. A simple swap of rookie Derrick Favors, Troy Murphy (and his expiring contract) and a mix of draft picks going to the Nuggets in exchange for Anthony would be the simplest way to make a move. That deal is apparently back on the table. The problem for the Nuggets is that they’d also like to move aging point guard Chauncey Billups if they can. The Nets might not be interested in that.
ESPN’s Chris Broussard has claimed that the Nets have really made a strong push all of a sudden and are definitely in the mix to land Melo.
ESPN’s Chris Sheridan has also chimed in, saying that the Knicks need to cave and include either Landry Fields or Danilo Gallinari in a proposed deal for Anthony. Apparently the Knicks have balked at such a deal thus far.
Frankly I find it funny that the Nets are back in this thing, especially after making such a spectacle of taking themselves out of the competition. It’s like they were a girl dating a guy, and weren’t sure they were “the one” for him. So they dumped him in the most public way possible. Then, they saw the Nuggets “dating around,” got jealous and wanted back in.