Saturday, January 8, 2011
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The Nets have revamped the Carmelo Anthony trade talks as they are in discussions with Denver and Detroit to try and swing a three-team deal. The proposed trade would see Nets point guard Devin Harris and at least two first-round picks sent to Denver while rookie forward Derrick Favors, and Troy Murphy’s expiring contract would be shipped out to the Motor City.
In return, the Nets would receiver Chauncey Billups and Carmelo Anthony from Denver along with shooting guard Richard Hamilton from the Pistons. The final piece to the deal includes New Jersey sending Anthony Morrow to Denver and Johan Petro to Detroit to balance salaries. The latest trade proposal is amongst several attempts by the Nets to whisk Anthony away from the Knicks.
Denver rejected New Jersey’s initial offer of Derrick Favors, Troy Murphy and at least two first-round picks, because it behooves the Nuggets to wait until the February 24th trading deadline to pay Murphy’s salary. In what was an offseason littered with free agent talent, the Nets swung for the fences striking out on Lebron James, who took his talents and massive ego to South Beach.
Nets general manager Billy King and Russian owner Mikhail Prokhorov have had their sights set on Anthony since training camp and hope that adding the Brooklyn Native will be the first-step to building a title contender. If New Jersey is able to land Carmelo it is believed that point guard Chris Paul would be enticed to join Anthony (as a free agent in the offseason) as the Nets aim to transition from Newark to Brooklyn and hopefully for obscurity to prosperity.