According to multiple media reports, the Denver Nuggets have granted permission to the New Jersey Nets to have a chat or two with Carmelo Anthony, as Mikhail Prokhorov and Jay-Z try to convince him that one can actually lead a happy and fulfilling life in Jersey.
There’s just one problem: Anthony claims that he doesn’t want to have a pow wow with anyone about his future. That’s his story, and he’s sticking to it.
The Denver Post has the quotes:
“I’m having a meeting?” he said after the Nuggets loss at San Antonio on Sunday night. “I know nothing about that … I’ve never heard about that,” he said. “That’s news to me. I can’t talk to them people. The Denver Nuggets still pay me. I haven’t talked to anybody – Masai (Ujiri, Nuggets executive vice president of basketball operations) or Josh (Kroenke, team president) or any other teams. So for that speculation to be going around out there like that, that’s false.”
“I don’t want to talk to nobody,” Anthony said. “I let the front office handle that type of stuff. It ain’t my job to be talking to New Jersey, New York, Lakers, Dallas, no one. I still won’t step into something like that. I’ve seen a lot of people go through that. For me to sit here and say I want to talk to them or Masai or Josh gave them permission to talk to me, I think that’s false. If that was the case I’m pretty sure I would have gotten a phone call from Masai or Josh about that.”
Make of that what you will. My helpful suggestion: nothing.
Meanwhile, back in Denver, George Karl is doing his best to communicate with his players, and keep the team together amidst the incessant rumors. Good luck with all of that, George.