NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Don’t call it a comeback.
According to multiple reports, the Nets are back in the mix for Carmelo Anthony.
Two potential blockbuster trades between the Nets and Nuggets have fallen apart already this season, but that apparently hasn’t stopped Denver from reaching out to New Jersey regarding ‘Melo.
“My understanding is that there have been talks for several days now and there has been no formal proposal,” one source told the NY Post.
The Post reported Thursday that “nothing is close and any deal would in no way mirror the mega-blockbuster that was discussed, proposed and ultimately derailed.”
Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov canceled a planned Jan. 20 meeting with Anthony, ending negotiations between the Nets, Nuggets and Detroit Pistons. Prokhorov tired of the talks, saying he was unhappy with how it played out in public, that it took too long, got too expensive and cost his team games.
Renewed talks between the clubs would likely involve Nets rookie Derrick Favors, draft picks, and the expiring contract of Troy Murphy.
“There’s no Detroit, there’s no 17 players,” the Post’s source said. “Any deal would be a shell of the January version.”
Speculation on where Anthony might land keeps intensifying, with the latest rumors continuing to point to the Knicks in a blockbuster deal. Or the Nets. Or the Bulls. Or the Rockets.
Anthony said he’s ready for a resolution, even though he insists he’s not fretting about what might happen as the Feb. 24 trade deadline approaches.
“I know something will have to happen whether I sign the extension or whether the Nuggets move me or whatever,” said Anthony. “Something is going to happen, so I try not to stress myself out about it.”
That doesn’t mean he can avoid the hours upon hours of coverage devoted to one of the NBA’s biggest stars. He said he can “see” all the rumors out there, no longer needing to watch the latest television reports.
“I turn on the TV, and I turn it right back off because it’s always something, it’s always a new team, always a rumor, always this person saying that, that person saying this,” he said. “I try not to pay attention to it.”
Nuggets coach George Karl believes he, Anthony and the organization all want the same thing, and that Denver will have cap space this offseason to build around the superstar if he stayed.
“I think sometimes he thinks he can be better someplace else. As a competitor, I’d say, ‘I think you’re wrong. I think the best place for you to be is Denver,'” Karl said. “We’ll have space, we’ll have the ability to make maneuvers, we’ll have versatility in our roster for the first time in at least four or five years next year.
“But unfortunately, free agency, we’re at the point where we’re at the whim of what’s going to happen.”
Karl described it as a “weird karma” to be talking about Anthony’s status every day and that he probably doesn’t tell Anthony about the advantages of staying in Denver enough.
Anthony said his thoughts keep turning to a murky future that he hopes begins to clear in a few days. But first, he’ll have to get past at least one more major session with the media over the All-Star break.
“I know they’re going to be looking to talk to me. And I’m going to be in L.A. for the All-Star weekend and every media outlet is going to be there, so it’s going to be a ‘MeloWatch,’ I guess,” he said.
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