Proposed Carmelo Anthony Trade to Nets Officially Dead
A Nets official said Tuesday that a proposed four-team deal in which the Denver star would go to New Jersey is dead. The deal, which also would have included Utah and Charlotte, offered a possibility of the Nuggets receiving Nets forward Derrick Favors, Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko and a first-round draft choice for Anthony.
Anthony practiced with the Nuggets on Tuesday as they started training camp. Coach George Karl gave him an "A'' for his showing.
It appears more and more that Anthony won't go anywhere any time soon. The Nuggets are determined to try everything they can to hold onto him, and team officials remain confident that they will be able to keep him.
Anthony has yet to sign a three-year, $64.47 million extension offer that is on the table and said he wants to continue to keep his options open. Anthony can opt out of his contract next summer and become a free agent.
With the Nuggets possibly in line to lose him for nothing, that's why there's a chance they might trade him. But there's not a lot of urgency until the February trade deadline approaches.
"As far as that stuff goes, I'm here right now,'' Anthony said after practice Tuesday when asked about it now looking as if he's not going anywhere soon. "Whatever happens is going to happen. Like I said (Monday), I'll let the front office handle that.''
Nuggets forward Al Harrington believes Anthony will stay.
"I think he's going to be here all year. So I'm optimistic,'' Harrington said. "I feel that if we come out and get to a hot start and we're playing well, Melo will realize this is a great team, this is his team. You got your own thing. I don't understand why you want to go somewhere else. I think he'll realize that.''
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