Posted by Rick Laughland Posted on 2:50:00 PM with 2 comments
In the blockbuster of all trades, the Nets, Nuggets and Pistons are at a bit of a stand still as Denver appears gun shy; not pulling the trigger on the mega deal just yet. On Monday night it seemed the teams were close to finalizing the terms of a trade, but Denver developed cold feet when the Nuggets tried to include Al Harrington as part of the deal. Harrington, who still has four years and 28 million remaining on his contract, is a salary burden New Jersey is not willing to take on. This sticking point has precipitated the Nets to seek out a fourth team to include in the trade.
Denver point guard Chauncey Billups told reporters he would even consider a buyout if he was sent packing to the Garden State. To make matters even worse, sources reported Tuesday night that if the Nets don’t keep trade talks private, the Nuggets have threatened to trade Carmelo to the Knicks! The imminence of a deal getting finalized has faded, but Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has been unrelenting in his pursuit for Mr. Anthony. General Manager Billy King indicated that if not for Prokhorov’s ardor to sign Carmelo, King would have shifted his focus to other trading targets by now.
Nets coach Avery Johnson told reporters that he plans on playing the entire team on New Jersey’s upcoming four game road trip, beginning in Phoenix Wednesday Night. The Nets trail the 76ers by five games for the 8th and final playoff spot, and by adding the trio of Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton and Carmelo Anthony into the fold, New Jersey could make some noise in the Eastern Conference.