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Friday, February 18th, 2011 at 10:30 am  |  40 responses

Report: Knicks, Nets to Meet With Carmelo (UPDATE)

by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

Try and think of the incessant Carmelo Anthony trade rumors as going to the dentist’s office for a root canal. Nobody enjoys the procedure, but it must be endured.

The latest in the exasperatingly never-ending story is that representatives from both the New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets are reportedly set to meet the ‘Melo man over All-Star weekend, in an effort to sell him on where his new basketball home should be.

According to the NY Daily News, both James Dolan and Mikhail Prokhorov — though the Russian continues to deny any change of heart – will have an audience with the Nuggets star in Los Angeles:

According to a source, Anthony’s representatives are responsible for setting up individual meetings with the owners of the metropolitan area’s two basketball clubs. It is an arrangement similar to one that CAA, the firm that represents both Anthony and LeBron James, came up with in July when six teams were granted an audience in Cleveland with James, who was the league’s most sought-after free agent last summer.

Dolan, Prokhorov and Anthony will all be in Los Angeles Friday, the first official day of All-Star Weekend. Dolan is attending the technology summit and will also be in attendance with Prokhorov for the Board of Governors meetings in downtown L.A. The clandestine meetings with Anthony will likely take place either Friday or Saturday.

It is unclear why Anthony, who has made it known that playing for the Knicks is his top choice, would need to meet with Dolan. One league executive believes that Anthony, like James, simply wants to hear straight from Dolan what the future holds for the Knicks.

I highly doubt that we’ll have a resolution to this madness by weekend’s end. We’ll all likely still be in the proverbial dentist’s chair right up until the Feb.24 trade deadline.

UPDATE: The Bergen Record is reporting the Nets and Nuggets have agreed on a deal, but no word yet on whether or not Anthony would agree to ink an extension with New Jersey, which would be needed the complete the deal.

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  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    What? The Nuggets are thinking about moving Melo…When did this happen?

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/other-ballers/international/2010/03/flight-75-dc-to-moscow/ Mitya

    yeah, a real shocker, didn’t see it coming either

  • http://www.slamoline.com Max

    Melo rumor?!?

  • cramzy

    WHY? why do i keep clicking on Carmelo Anthony articles?!!!

  • http://www.walshsportsblog.com Darren

    Surely the key to getting Melo is to keep Dolan away from him.

  • http://zogs zogs

    i hope and pray nicolas was joking

  • burnt_chicken

    at some point, the logic of someone who continually clicks the Melo articles in order to complain about the number of Melo articles eludes me. Perhaps it’s a form of irony that is too rich for my blood?

  • Playa

    I can’t imagine how it’s go down when it’s Dwight’s turn…

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    I just hope the Nuggets and the Knicks can find a middle ground, and get a deal done by the end of the All-Star weekend. *crosses fingers*

  • bakers’-dozen

    Wouldn’t it be great fun if he really got traded to the Wizards for a few draft picks and a package of licorice? THAT would be news!

  • http://Nba.com GP23

    Imagine if kobe was in trade rumors. SLAM, wouldn’t have enough room to post all 5000 articles on it.

  • http://www.zpringbank.eu Jelte

    this is starting to become hilarious

  • Drew

    Lakers should’ve traded Bynum for Melo right away.

  • slamfan4life

    Bullsssssss

  • John

    The Bergen Record, citing sources, reported on its website Friday that the Nets and Nuggets have reached a “tentative agreement” on an Anthony deal, but reiterated that any deal remains contingent on Anthony signing the extension.
    If Anthony ultimately says yes, the Record reported that the Nets will get Anthony, Chauncey Billups,Shelden Williams, Melvin Ely and Renaldo Balkman from the Nuggets. In turn, the Nets would send Devin Harris, Favors, Troy Murphy, Ben Uzoh and four first-round picks to Denver. – ESPN.com

  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    Melo’s a Net now!!!!!! Now can we please talk about on court affairs?

  • http://klatschendom.wordpress.com/ speedy

    Just forbid trade talks before the end of contracts.

  • http://google J-Ro

    Wait. So if Melo gets traded this morning, does he still get to start for the West?

  • bakers’-dozen

    The trade won’t be ‘official’ until Monday so he’ll play for the west. Otherwise he’d go and play for the east, and they’d have to bump a player from the esat squad and assing a new one to the west.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Carmelo will not agree to an extension with the Nets. BOOK IT!

  • http://www.slamonline.com OBT Raised

    mannnnn…
    i wanted him to come to the magic..
    instead we spent all our money on arenas….great

  • ClydeSays

    Lala needs to sign off on any deal…

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    STOP IT!!!

  • Zack

    cosign clydesays. thats the real reason a deal hasnt been done yet.

  • retrobat

    @ OBT Raised (nice name BTW) I hear ya, but he was never going to come here. He wanted to be in a bigger market.

  • http://http//portlandfan1203.blogspot.com Karley

    Melo should choos Knicks easily.. Nets want to trade Harris for Miller of the Blazers and the Nets wont have anything other than who theyre going to get out of the trade and lopez, outlaw who can produce but Knicks is a better way to go.

  • O

    They saying if the Knicks don’t trade for Melo, then he’d sign the extension with Jersey. This sucks because you KNOW Denver is going to make it impossible for the Knicks. If they agree to sending their starting lineup to them, then they’ll ask Andy Rautins and Shaun Williams to be added. I hope Melo can see through this and just say no to a Jersey extension and any other team he’s traded to. There’s no way Denver wants to send Melo where he wants to go because they’re feeling betrayed. So they’d rather dump him on a wack squad which is why they trying to gut the Knicks.

  • YouKnowHec

    hope the nets get him

  • bakers’-dozen

    They want to send him to the Nets for the picks and youth. They don’t want people coming up on free agency in the trade, that limits flexibility.

  • O

    My thing is, who the hell is a Nets fan???

  • BostonBaller

    it’s done…

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    @BostonBaller: CAN’T WAIT!

  • MAGIC Fan

    Hey, I’m new in town… what’s going on ? Who is this Melo guy ?

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Melo is dumb if he signs extension to Nets, then I hope he finishes his career as a LOSER. Make Denver send him to the Knicks/sign nothing. Melo is in La La Land right now.

  • Blaspemy

    Slamonline, Fix your F**king commenting logins!!!! You cheap idiots. I only hope this website gets hacked!!

  • bakers’-dozen

    Melo is such a liar…he’s saying he knows nothing of meetings when he’s already had them. He already sounds likea moron in interviews, now he’s going to prove to the world that he’s stupid AND a liar.

  • riggs

    what he’s had arent meetings and he only met with walsh.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    SMH…Anyone that truly believes Carmelo was/is going to the Nets needs to get slapped in the face.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Bottom line, it’s Saturday morning, and I CAN’T WAIT for the Knicks and Nuggets to wrap up a deal that puts Carmelo Anthony in a #30 Knicks jersey.

  • Knick33fan

    1. I can wait for Carmelo, I hope no deal happens and New York will get him for free.

    2. A Jersey team should stay in Jersey.

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