Carmelo Anthony is non-committal about his upcoming free agency, saying, "(A)t this point in time, I’ve got to do what’s best for me and my family. If it’s taking my time, figuring out if I want to take that extension or not, then that’s what I’ve got to do.”
National Yahoo! Sports writer Adrian Wojnarowski confirms what the beats have figured out: Melo (or at least Worldwide Wes) wants out of Denver. The Nets & Clippers are listed as probable destinations.
Three-Team Deal, Nets Are "Most Aggressive" Suitors
Ken Berger of CBSSports reports that the Nets are the most aggressive suitors for Carmelo's services, and mentions a three-team deal between the Nets, Sixers and Nuggets that would land Andre Iguodala in Denver, Derrick Favors in Philadelphia, and Carmelo in New Jersey. Berger adds that Chicago's reluctance to part with center Joakim Noah and New York's lack of tradeable assets leave them a step behind in the 'Melo chase.
"No Real Shot" Of Three-Team Deal
Kate Fagan of The Philadelphia Enquirer denounces Berger's rumor, saying that there have been some whispers in the front office but there is "no real shot" of getting a deal done.
Ford & Broussard: Deal Is Close, Melo Will Sign
Chad Ford & Marc Stein of ESPN.com report originally that Denver is eventually going to pull the trigger on a Carmelo Anthony deal, and that a deal could occur prior to the beginning of the season. The article is updated two days later to say that the Nets are in serious consideration and are making the "hardest active pitch" for a trade. Ford & Broussard also note that Carmelo is willing to sign an extension with New Jersey.
Kerber: No Extension, No Melo; Woj: Nets Not Desperate
Contradicting reports from Wojnarowski and Kerber, Chris Broussard reports on ESPN TrueHoop blog that the Nets are pursuing Carmelo Anthony aggressively and are trying to include a third or fourth team in the trade, but there is no guarantee he would sign an extension. Broussard also notes that agent Leon Rose is pushing to get Melo dealt before the season starts.
Berger: Nets Offer "Most Comfortable," Looking For Third Team
Ken Berger of CBS Sports reports that the Nets offer remains the most attractive to Denver, but the Nuggets would require a wing player to replace Carmelo Anthony. The Nets look to include a third team, possibly Philadelphia or Charlotte, to satiate Denver's request.
Four-Team Deal For Anthony Close
Multiple media outlets report that a four-team deal between the Nets, Nuggets, Bobcats, and Jazz that would bring Carmelo Anthony to New Jersey is somewhere between "pretty close" and "imminent." Hold-ups include the Nuggets looking for a better deal and conflicting reports of 'Melo's willingness to sign. Marc Stein reports that the deal happens by Monday or "falls apart."
Orr: Deal Falling Apart, Chances Now At "40 Percent"
Only a day after a Carmelo Anthony had allegedly approved an "imminent" deal, Conor Orr of the Star-Ledger reports that the talks are "definitely slowing down" and puts the likelihood of a deal occurring at "40 percent."
Orr: Deal Still At Least "One Day" From Completion
Woj: Melo Leaning Towards Signing Extension, Denver Holding Out
Yahoo! Sports writer Adrian Wojnarowski updates his September 24th report to include that Carmelo Anthony is leaning towards signing an extension if traded to the Nets, but Denver is holding out in hopes that LAC or Chicago will offer Blake Griffin or Joakim Noah.
Nets Now Waiting Only On Nuggets, Now Three-Team Deal
An AP report states that the Nets are ready to sign off on a three-team deal to bring Carmelo Anthony to New Jersey, and are only waiting on the Denver Nuggets to OK the deal. Billy King notes that "some of them take two years to get to the point when you get the player you want. Some take two weeks."
Carmelo Shows Up To Media Day
Despite trade talk and rumors that he'd stay behind with a deal imminent, Carmelo joins the Nuggets at Denver's media day and deflects questions about his departure, saying "I've never said I wanted to be traded. I never once said anything about trade talk."
King: Nets Will "Remove Themselves" From Talks In 24 Hours, Want Resolution
Citing a source in the Nets organization, Al Iannazzone of the Bergen Record claims that Billy King gives Denver a window of 24 hours to trade Carmelo Anthony to the Nets or New Jersey will walk away from trade talks.
Four-Team Deal "Officially Dead"
Among other sources, Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the four-team deal to send Carmelo Anthony to the Nets is officially dead, and that the Nets will have to work to repair the broken team-player relationships that were brought out of these talks.
Carmelo Anthony & The "No-Decision"
Plugging my own work here. I was exhausted with rumors. Remember, this is September 29th.
League Sources: Nets Will Revisit Trade For Anthony
Al Iannazzone reports that the Nets will open up discussions with Denver about trading for Carmelo Anthony again, and that different trade scenarios had already been approached. Carmelo Anthony says he'd be happy to play in Denver for the remainder of the season, and Devin Harris knows trade talks could start again "tomorrow" and calls it "business as usual."
Anthony: "I Never Said I Wanted To Play For The Nets"
Nets Still "Most Motivated" To Get 'Melo Deal Done, Billups May Be On Table
Ken Berger cites a source close to the talks who says that the Nets "(have) the assets and (are) the most motivated" to swing a deal for Carmelo Anthony, despite the four-team deal that fell apart a week earlier. Berger also notes that the Nuggets may have to part ways with Chauncey Billups to make the deal possible.
Proposed Blazers-Hornets-Nuggets-Nets Megadeal Would Have Sent Melo & CP3 To Nets, Nuggets Losing Interest In Favors
Al Iannazzone discusses the Blazers' attempt to include the Hornets in a four-team megadeal that would have sent both Chris Paul & Carmelo Anthony to the New Jersey Nets. Iannazzone notes that "the Nuggets can’t justify trading Anthony for the raw, 19-year-old Favors at this point," citing his inexperience and poor play in preseason.
Anthony Still Wants To Be Traded
A source "familiar with Anthony's decision-making" tells Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post that Carmelo Anthony is frustrated with Denver for not trading him to "an East Coast team" yet, preferably New York or New Jersey. Hochman also reports that the Nuggets still desire Derrick Favors in any trade.
Sheridan: Knicks Making Progress On 'Melo Deal
Chris Sheridan of ESPN New York reports that the "Knicks have made significant progress in recent days in their efforts to acquire Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets...after a period of dormancy following the collapse of a four-team trade late last month between New Jersey, Denver, Utah and Charlotte." Sheridan also notes that the Nets are becoming less inclined to deal rookie Derrick Favors.
Nets Still In Hot Pursuit Of Anthony, Offering Three Power Forwards
One day after Sheridan's report that the Knicks were in talks with Denver, Al Iannazzone reports that the Nets are still confident that they can get a deal done and are offering Troy Murphy, Derrick Favors, Kris Humphries, and draft picks.
Berger: Melo Not Afraid To Become Free Agent, Test CBA
Ken Berger of CBS Sports cites an anonymous source that says Carmelo Anthony is willing to become a free agent in the offseason, potentially losing millions of dollars with the looming restructure of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Carmelo Anthony: ”It ain’t got nothing to do with the new GM, Josh, the players. For me, I feel it’s a time for change. If I do nothing now, I’m never going to do anything. I feel like my time is now to make a decision if I want to leave or if I want to stay.”
Nets Still In Hot Pursuit, Portland Involved In Three-Team Deal
Marc Stein of ESPN reports that the Nets are still in hot pursuit of Carmelo Anthony, and that Portland is trying to make its way into the deal, with their moving pieces including Andre Miller & Nicolas Batum.
Vecsey: Nets "Also-Rans," No Longer In Running For Anthony, Knicks Viable Option
Peter Vecsey of the New York Post speculates that the Nets are out of the running for Carmelo Anthony due to their recent struggles and the two years they will spend in Newark, Vecsey includes that the Knicks remain a viable option for Anthony's services.
King Meets With Denver Execs, Trying To Deal "Alone"
During a Nets loss to the Nuggets in Denver, Billy King traveled with the team to talk about the Carmelo Anthony trade with Denver's front office. Al Iannazzone reports that the Nets are trying to keep the deal within the two teams, but the Nets are amenable to constructing a multi-team deal. The Nets remain firm on only acquiring Melo with the guarantee of a contract extension.
Berger: Nuggets Ready To Trade 'Melo
Citing multiple sources, Ken Berger reports that the Nuggets are finally ready to move Carmelo Anthony to another team, and that the Nets' offer remains the "most attractive option." Carmelo's interest in signing an extension with New Jersey remains unclear.
Nets Have Not Been Told 'Melo Won't Sign, Refuse To Give Up Harris Without PG In Return
Al Iannazzone reports that the Nets haven't been told that Carmelo won't sign an extension with them, and have continued to pursue him as a result. However, the Nets firmly state that they will not trade Devin Harris without a point guard coming back. Meanwhile, Mark Cuban has some choice words for Mikhail Prokhorov, calling him a five-letter euphemism for the female genitalia. (Listen to Naughty By Nature's O.P.P. for clues.)
Sheridan: Carmelo Anthony Will Only Sign Extension With Knicks
Anthony: Deal Not Imminent, Sheridan Ultimatum Report Incorrect
In an interview with FanHouse, Carmelo Anthony says that he does not believe a trade is imminent and that he has never had a conversation with the Nuggets about what teams he would sign an extension with. Sources in the Nuggets organization confirm Anthony's interview.
Nets Trade Terrence Williams For Sasha Vujacic & First-Round Draft Picks
Stockpiling assets for the Carmelo Anthony trade, the New Jersey Nets traded disgruntled shooting guard Terrence Williams in a three-team deal that netted them shooting guard & expiring contract Sasha Vujacic and two additional first-round draft picks. The deal gives the Nets five first-round draft picks over the next three years.
Denver TV Station Yells Fire In A Carmelo Theater
The Denver Channel incorrectly tweets that a deal for Carmelo Anthony has been finalized. The tweet is instantly debunked by numerous national writers, and Anthony himself says he knows "nothing about it."
Anthony: "Wherever I Go, I'm Going To Sign The Extension"
In a postgame presser, Carmelo Anthony says cryptically that he'll sign an extension wherever he "go(es)," and when asked about signing an extension with the Nets afterwards says "I don't know. I don't know. I'd have to deal with that when it comes."
Nets Closer To Deal, Will Have To Give Up Favors, Ujiri "Listening Aggressively"
Marc Stein of ESPN's Daily Dime reports that the Terrence Williams trade put the Nets in a much better position to acquire Carmelo Anthony, but the Nets will undoubtedly have to relinquish prized rookie Derrick Favors in any deal. Stein also notes that the Nets will still have to sell Anthony on signing an extension.
Nets Structuring "New Deal" For Anthony, Stand To "Significantly Upgrade" Their Team
Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Nets have revamped the deal to acquire Carmelo Anthony, and among other pieces are willing to take on Al Harrington from the Denver Nuggets. The trade is described by an anonymous executive involved as "“a more complex, even bigger deal.”
Nuggets Put Hold On Trade Talks For Grieving Anthony
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Nets are trying to swing a deal with the Portland Trailblazers to acquire point guard Andre Miller, who was a teammate of Carmelo Anthony's from 2003-06. The Nets ae also hoping to include Nicolas Batum, but Portland is uneasy about trading their young forward.
Nets Revisit Cavaliers, Try To Construct Three-Team Deal
Despite earlier reports that the Nets had "backed off" of the Carmelo Anthony trade rumors, Marc Stein of the Daily Dime reports that the Nets are trying to include the Cavaliers in a three-team deal to acquire Carmelo Anthony. However, Cleveland's desire for prized draft picks & talent overshadows their ability to take on long-term contracts and renders a deal difficult as a result.
Spears: Billups Will Seek Buyout If Traded
The agent representing Chauncey Billups made clear that if Billups were to be traded with Carmelo Anthony to New Jersey, he would prefer to seek a buyout from the Nets so that he could return to Denver.
New Mega-Deal Would Send Anthony, Billups, Hamilton to New Jersey
Al Iannazzone reports that the Nets are working fervently to construct a three-team megadeal that would send Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, Anthony Morrow, Troy Murphy, and others out of New Jersey and bring in Carmelo Anthony, Richard Hamilton, and Chauncey Billups. As reported later, the deal could involve as many as seventeen players changing uniforms and multiple draft picks being exchanged.
Deal "Close," Leon Rose Pushing 'Melo To New Jersey, Chris Paul Could Follow
Adrian Wojnarowski (amongothers) reports that the deal to send Carmelo Anthony to the Nets is "close," and that Carmelo Anthony's agent, Leon Rose, is the brains behind this latest three-team deal and is pushing for Hamilton & Billups to join Anthony in Brooklyn. Wojnarowski also notes that Rose & Wesley want Anthony in New Jersey so that he & Chris Paul could open up the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in 2012.
Nuggets Looking For More, Request Picks, Shedded Salary
Chris Broussard of ESPN reports that the deal is "taking shape," but the Nuggets are requesting an additional first-round pick as well as the Nets taking on the salaries of Renaldo Balkman and Al Harrington. Sources in the league maintain that the deal is "close," "almost there," and "on the ten-yard line."
Nuggets Put Brakes On Trade Talks, Nets Still Favorites To Make Deal But Progress Impeded
Chris Broussard & Marc Stein of ESPN report that the Nuggets have added yet another wrinkle into the deal, and are unhappy with the publicized nature of the trade talks. The Nets are also looking for a fourth team to take on Al Harrington & his long-term contract.
Kerber: Deal "90 To 95 Percent Done," 'Melo To Be In Nets Uniform Friday
Citing sources within the organization, Fred Kerber reports that the Carmelo Anthony deal is near completion and that Anthony should be in a Nets uniform by Friday, January 21st. Anthony would meet with Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov during the week to discuss signing a contract extension.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen, Carmelo Anthony indicates that he believes he will be dealt soon and that it is a 'goal' of his to sign the three-year, $65-million extension with whatever team he ends up playing for. Thomsen also notes that Anthony requested a trade in August to Chicago.
Mikhail Prokhorov Calls Off Trade Talks
In a live press conference streamed on NBA.com, Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov said unequivocally that the Nets are "walking away" from the negotiating table, and that the Nets will not be talking with Denver about Carmelo Anthony again. Saying that the price was "too expensive," that the deal has distracted the team, and that the decision is final "for sure", Prokhorov's iron-handedness was viewed from both sides as a final statement or perhaps a negotiating tactic.