Adrian Wojnarowski reports that a new multi-team deal is shaping up for Carmelo Anthony that would bring Anthony, New Jersey native Al Harrington and possibly Chauncey Billups to the Nets with Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, Troy Murphy, multiple draft picks and cash headed out. Harris would go to an unspecified third team. Other players are likely to be involved as well.
Woj also reports that Anthony is "inclined" to sign a $65 million extension with the Nets, if they gather enough pieces to win now. The deal, he says, is not imminent but is coming together quickly.
"The way this is structured now, the Nets will significantly upgrade their team," one NBA executive involved in the talks told the Yahoo! reporter. Said another, "’Melo wants something similar to the Orlando deal, where he won’t have to go into New Jersey – or anywhere he’s going – without some help right away."
The specifics, including the Nets other partners, remain unclear, he writes. Not everyone agrees the Nuggets are ready to deal or that Anthony will sign with the Nets. Denver-based FanHouse writer Chris Tomasson writes 'Melo is not likely to accept a trade to New Jersey.
i'm starting to feel like gigantes did in another thread...y are we taking back al fu cking harrington's contract for carmelo and giving up our youth, picks, etc? The nuggets have ZERO leverage. I'm going to kill King myself. Holy sh!t.
That deal is horrible, and may be the nail in the coffin of my Nets Fandom. The in season pursuit of Melo is asinine.
The combination of Carmelo Anthony's grief over his sister's death and the holidays will quell any trade talks through next week, but as the Nets and Nuggets inch closer to a deal, expect to hear Devin Harris' name mentioned, possibly in a three team deal involving the Cavaliers, says Al Iannazzone.
Although the parameters of a trade have yet to be finalized, Iannazzone reports the Nets would almost certainly have to give up Harris and would get back not just Anthony but the previously reported Al Harrington as well as Renaldo Balkman or some similarly priced asset.
In other reports, it's been Chauncey Billups who'd join the Nets. The Nets reportedly have multiple options for the Nuggets to choose from.
Once a deal is in place, he adds in a separate article, expect Mikhail Prokhorov to become fully engaged in the wooing of 'Melo, using a brand new, billion dollar arena in his hometown of Brooklyn as the lure.
With the idea that the Nets need to acquire additional talent in a multi-team deal in order to convince Carmelo Anthony to sign an extension, Marc Spears reports that they've talked to the Portland Trail Blazers about trading Devin Harris for Andre Miller. Miller is 34 years old, but has missed only five games in his 11-year career. He was Anthony's point guard for Melo's first three seasons in the league, before being acquired by Billy King and the Sixers. The $7.8 million he's under contract for next season is not fully guaranteed.
Sigh. Looks like this is gonna be the end of our "bright future." Its amazing how a bunch of fans can collectively see the issue whereas the "professional General Manager" cannot. NBA, where amazing(ly bad) happens.
He'd rather play for Andre Miller then Devin Harris because Andre Miller is a pass first point guard. Devin some games can take on a team by himself. When we trade for Melo we also trade for his Huge Ego. He wants to be the star and he wants to do all the scoring. Andre Miller allows that, Devin Harris on the other hand does not allow Melo to have the ball the entire time. Things just keep looking worse and worse. Denver got so much better when they got rid of Miller and got Billusp and now Melo wants Miller back....does not make much sense at all.
Fred Kerber reports that when all is said and done, as many as 17 players from the Nets, Nuggets and Pistons could be moved in a trade for Carmelo Anthony. If it happens, the trade would be the biggest by far in NBA history, supplanting a 13-player, five-team deal engineered by Pat Riley in the 2003 off-season.
"The Nets, under the whopper trade which is nowhere near close to be completed, would essentially gut their current roster. At 10-26, that might not be a bad thing," writes Kerber. Earlier Saturday, Al Iannazzone tweeted that "between 12-14 players [could be] changing teams".
Among those who could be added to the deal are Johan Petro and the team's three minimum salary players: Stephen Graham, Quinton Ross and Ben Uzoh. Among the others who could traded from the Nuggets and Pistons are several whose names have already surfaced: Shelden Williams and Renaldo Balkman from Denver and Terrico White from Detroit, which Kerber reported earlier Saturday. Of course the main pieces remain Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton, Devin Harris, Troy Murphy, Derrick Favors and "perhaps Anthony Morrow," Kerber writes