Nets' proposed Carmelo deal 'dead'
The proposed deal that would have brought Carmelo Anthony to New Jersey is "dead," a league source told SI.com.
Last Friday, the Nets were "deeply into" trade discussions with Denver, Utah and Charlotte for a deal that would bring Anthony to New Jersey and send No. 3 pick Derrick Favors as well as multiple future draft picks to Denver. The Nuggets would have also received forward Andrei Kirilenko from Utah, while the Bobcats would have gotten point guard Devin Harris from New Jersey and the Jazz would've received forward Boris Diaw from Charlotte.
It was reported later that evening that Anthony approved of the proposed deal, but as the weekend progressed, Denver dragged its heels by gauging other teams' interest.
Anthony appeared at media day on Monday, donning the Nuggets' uniform, and told reporters that he never asked out of Denver.
"There's been a lot of speculation, a lot of rumors going on this summer about where I'm going to end up, the Nuggets want to trade me, I want to be traded," he said. "That's for my team and front office to discuss. I'm here to focus on basketball and training camp tomorrow."
While Anthony's preferred destination has long been considered New York, the Knicks don't have any draft picks to include in a trade package for the All-Star forward. Anthony has also shown interest in the Bulls, but Chicago resumed talks for a extension with center Joakim Noah, one of the team's biggest assets who averaged 10.7 points and 11 rebounds last season.
Anthony has averaged 24.7 points and 6.2 rebounds and made the All-Star team three times during his seven seasons with the Nuggets.