The New Jersey Nets are working feverishly to acquire All-Star Carmelo Anthony and are in the construction stage of a complicated, multi-team trade, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Anthony is unhappy with the Nuggets' instability.
Nothing is imminent in the next 24 hours, but Denver and New Jersey are having ongoing discussions centered on No. 3 overall pick Derrick Favors and future first-round picks going back to the Nuggets. The proposed trade also would involve the Utah Jazz and Charlotte Bobcats. Under the proposal, league sources said the Nets would also send point guard Devin Harris to the Bobcats, who would move forward Boris Diaw to the Jazz, who send forward Andrei Kirilenko to the Nuggets to complete what one front-office source described as a "very complicated" deal.
One league executive said the Nets believe they're "getting there" on a trade for Anthony.
Anthony still has heart set on the New York Knicks, but a case is being made to him the Nets are a compromise he'll have to accept to get his $65 million extension and get into the metropolitan N.Y. market. The Nets won't agree to a deal for Anthony without an extension agreed upon.
Anthony also prefers a trade to the Chicago Bulls, but Denver refuses to do a deal with the Bulls that doesn't include center Joakim Noah, and so far Bulls officials have refused to put him into any deal.
Woj also tweeted that the Nuggets are trying to sell Melo on signing off with the Nets which isn't necessarily a done deal yet.
Personally, I think that Nets team more or less sucks. You're left with Melo, Lopez, and a bunch of crap. That's not the worst thing to build around, but it's certainly nothing that's giving you a great chance to win right now.
It's a borderline playoff team, and no where near ever contending.
Does being in the NY area mean that much to Melo? I guess we'll find out.
If Melo signs off, forget Noah, that deal annihilates anything the Bulls will be able to offer the Nuggets.
Their lone chance would be if they could swing Deng in a three team trade to Minnesota, Toronto, Cleveland, or a team under the cap and offer Denver massive, massive cash savings in addition to Taj and a couple picks perhaps.
That seems like a stretch, and we've heard no rumors in that direction, so it's not likely to happen. Now, we'll just sit and wait to see if the parties involved can convince Melo to accept NJ.