Monday, February 21st, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  11 responses

Mikhail Prokhorov: Happy to Make Knicks Overpay for ‘Melo

The Nets’ owner knows his team doesn’t have much of a chance to land Carmelo Anthony, so he’ll instead take pleasure in New York being pressured into gutting their roster to acquire the star forward. CNBC reports: “From his hotel suite in Beverly Hills, New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov was playing coy on Sunday afternoon when asked what exactly happened in his short meeting with Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony yesterday. ‘It was a fantastic meeting, trust me,’ Prokhorov said, smiling. ‘No words, live music, excellent atmosphere. We looked into each other’s eyes. Just real man talk.’ … The Knicks deal for Anthony includes giving up Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton and Wilson Chandler to bring Anthony, Billups, Williams and Anthony Carter to Madison Square Garden. Sources told Newsday that the Knicks decided on Sunday that they would not go any further with their offer. ‘I think we made a very good tactical decision to force (the) Knicks to pay as much as they can,’ Prokhorov said. ‘So it’s very good, it’s very interesting, it’s very competitive.’ As for the pressure on Anthony to make the right decision? ‘Carmelo is in a difficult situation,’ Prokhorov said. ‘For him, maybe it’s the most important decision of his life.’”

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  • http://www.boogliewillaims.com Boing Dynasty

    ‘No words, live music, excellent atmosphere. We looked into each other’s eyes. Just real man talk.’ – No Homo.

  • Coney Islander

    I really don’t like gutting my whole roster for someone we could have gotten out-right. This CBA is ruining everything! If we get Mello it will be very bitter sweet.

  • Zabba

    Who knew the Russian had a sense of humor?

  • Nba action

    We are basically giving up felton and gallo for melo and biliups. I think that’s a good trade. For all of those that don’t understand salaries, there is no way we would be able to sign chandler at the end of the season with melo on the payroll anyway. We keep our 2 guard (landry). Starting five for knicks.

    Pg- biliups
    That’s not that bad….
    Plus for the salary cap challenged folks we wouldn’t be able to keep felton if we are going after cp3 or dwill.

  • EtheKnickFan

    May a camel spit where you breathe.

  • MikeC.

    Other GMs will remember stuff like this when it’s time to make the Nets overpay in future trades.

  • http://jooo Max

    @MikeC, just what I was thinking lol

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    The CBA isn’t ruining anything.
    The Knicks didn’t believe that Melo would be pleased if they failed to get him via trade and allow him to get the best financial deal possible.
    They could have showed some nuts and said
    “Screw that. We’re not gutting our team for you so you can complain in two years about having no talent, and then asking for a trade. We will make a smart trade, or you can sign here next year. Or you can sign somewhere else. Your choice.”
    That was within their rights. They lacked the guts to do that. Don’t blame the CBA, blame the gutless wonders in New York.

  • spit hot fiyah

    i really dont get why NY would give up so many pieces. Since they wont make the trade unless melo signs the extension, it means that he want to play there. So why not wait until free agency and just sign him, and keep all those pieces that are pretty good. Can someone please explain their thinking behind this

  • http://www,imdb.com TheBigL

    The Knicks aren’t gonna win any ‘chips with this move but they will sell a lot of merch. Take it to their bank.

  • joe

    Well he is there now.