NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — The Nets and Denver Nuggets are apparently back to the drawing board, structuring a deal that would send Carmelo Anthony packing to New Jersey, reports Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.
From Yahoo! Sports:
“Anthony is inclined to accept a trade and contract extension with New Jersey over his preferred choice of New York only if the Nets are able to bring back a package of significant talent with him, league sources involved in the talks said on Monday.
“For now, New Jersey general manager Billy King is preparing to send rookie forward Derrick Favors, the expiring contract of Troy Murphy, two or three future first-round draft picks and $3 million to Denver for minimally Anthony and Harrington. More Nuggets and Nets would likely be on the move, too.”
Last week, New Jersey sent swingman Terrence Williams to the Houston Rockets in a three-team trade that gave the Nets two more first-round draft picks for potential use in a deal for Anthony.
The Nets have five first-round picks through 2012. They own their own in 2011 and ’12, got two more in the trade and have a 2011 pick from Golden State acquired in a trade for Marcus Williams. The Williams’ pick is lottery protected.
The Nets are interested in acquiring Anthony and were close to a deal in the preseason. The first-round picks and the Nuggets’ interest in rookie power forward Derrick Favors might be their bargaining chips.
Talk has been swirling around Anthony ever since last summer, when he declined to sign a three-year, $65 million contract extension with the Nuggets, whom he’s led to the playoffs seven straight seasons since turning pro after winning the national title at Syracuse as a freshman in 2003.
Anthony was born in Brooklyn and married TV personality LaLa Vasquez in an elaborate New York City ceremony last summer.