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Prokhorov Meets Carmelo; Nuggets Prefer Nets’ Offer

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Online reports surfaced on Feb. 21, 2011 saying the Knicks had acquired Carmelo Anthony from the Nuggets as part of a three-team trade. (AP Photo)

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Los Angeles, CA (WFAN) – Hours after Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov sent out a message to the media that he had no plans to meet with Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony, Frank Isola is reporting that Prokhorov and Jay-Z met with Anthony on Saturday night.

Prokhorov and the Nets reached a deal on Thursday with the Nuggets in a nine player deal that would bring Anthony to New Jersey, but Prokhorov and Jay-Z were trying to convince Anthony into signing a three-year extension.

Earlier in the day, Jonathan Abrams of the New York Times reported that Carmelo has told close associates that he will not sign a contract extension if he is traded to the Nets.

Despite rumors that Carmelo won’t sign an extension with the Nets, the Nuggets owner and general manager agree that their best offer is coming from the Nets, according to Chris Mannix of SI.com.

The deal from the Nets includes Derrick Favors, Troy Murphy’s expiring contract, Devin Harris, Ben Uzoh and four first-round picks, for Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Melvin Ely and Renaldo Balkman.

According to sources the deal from the Knicks could include forwards Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari, point guard Raymond Felton, the expiring contract of center Eddy Curry and a first-round draft pick to be obtained from Minnesota.

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