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Reports: Anthony says he’ll only sign with Knicks; Also to meet with Nets


UPDATE #2 7:40 pm: Carmelo Anthony is going to meet with the New Jersey Nets tonight — despite what both Prokhorov and Anthony said just hours before — according to Frank Isola of of the New York Daily News.

As I said in the main post, take everything with a grain of salt. Actually,  whole shaker. That’s not to say this is or is not true, it would seem fitting for ‘Melo at this point to say he will only sign with the Knicks then turn around and meet with the Nets anyway. From the public perspective, he has got more waffle batter going right now than Roscoe’s here in Los Angeles.

But if Prokhorov really does get him in a room, we’ll see just how good he is at selling the Nets and their future.

UPDATE 7:05 pm: Carmelo Anthony is telling everyone around him he will only sign a extension with the New York Knicks, according to Jonathon Abrahms at the New York Times.

That would explain why Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov was saying he did not plan on having a meeting with Anthony — it’s a way to save face for him when he could not get a meeting and a chance to sell his Nets. Pretty much the same tactic he used pulling the Nets out of the negotiations the first time.

This is now the Knicks deal. The only thing that would kill it is the Nuggets deciding not to give Anthony what he has wanted all along just out of spite. Not impossible, but not likely. This seems more and more like just a matter of time.

5:01 pm: Knicks fans may get what they want, what owner James Dolan has pushed hard for — Carmelo Anthony.

The latest reports seem to put the Knicks in the drivers seat for the ‘Melo sweepstakes.

First a quick word of advice: Take every part of this report with liberal helpings of salt. Because at this point — as the Melodrama reaches its climax — everybody is spinning. If not outright lying. Everything changes seemingly by the hour. The truth is more confused here than on the X-Files. And I’m not even sure it’s out there anymore.

Mikhail Prokhorov released a statement Saturday saying he has not met with Carmelo Anthony and has no plans to. At the Saturday media session, Anthony confirmed there were no plans, but according to a tweet from Chris Tomasson of FanHouse ‘Melo said he would have.

“I would have broke ground with him. I would have drunk some water with him. Took a shot of water with him.’’

We need to note that Prokhorov also said before the Nets were totally out of the Anthony negotiations, and now they are back in. Salt, we’re just saying take with salt.

If there is no meeting, the Knicks are in the drivers seat. New Jersey doesn’t want him without a signed extension and he’s not going to sign one without sitting down with the real power behind the Nets.

Anthony said he did speak with Nuggets President Josh Kronke, but said he was told there is no deal on the table yet. That of course is the formal offer, the negotiations of that deal are ongoing.

Parameters of the trade between the Knicks and Nuggets seem to be shifting, likely because of conflicting views in the Knicks organization as to what should be offered. But as Howard Beck pointed out at the New York Times today, owner Dolan is driving the Knicks ‘Melo bus now. The deal will be largely his.

That deal was to be Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Eddy Curry and his expiring contract, and a to-be-acquired first round pick for Anthony, Chauncey Billups and Sheldon Williams.

But NBA TV reported the Nuggets want Timofey Mozgov and Landry Fields instead of Gallinari. Which would allow the Knicks to keep the prospect with the highest upside) but also it would give them a funky lineup of three forwards).

Anthony was asked if he thought he could fit in with the Knicks. What do you think he was going to say? Tommason tweeted his response.

“If that was to happen, that’s a great system for me. That’s a great system he has.’’

Knicks fans have been counting on that. And they may well get their wish.

It has come to this: LeBron feels bad for Carmelo Anthony

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After the All-Star Game practice (where we swear we saw Gregg Popovich almost try to do some real coaching at one point) came the usual round of media interviews. East and West mingled together, with LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony sitting right next to each other.

This may be the first time ever there was a bigger crowd around the guy next to LeBron than the man himself.

Anthony is clearly weary of questions about his future, and somebody asked Anthony, with LeBron listing in, why he didn’t do what James did last season and refuse to discuss his future in interviews.

“It’s totally different,” James jumped in and started answering for ‘Melo. “One thing about my situation, I was able to hide a little bit because it was the offseason when it got heavy. He’s still traveling every day, he’s still playing games, he’s still got to put on a uniform and represent the Denver Nuggets the right way.”

So Melo’s situation is worse?

“Yes, because he has to see (the media) every day,” James said. “I didn’t have to see you guys in the offseason.”

So it’s come to this — LeBron James feels bad for Anthony.

Warriors working to land Troy Murphy, one way or another

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UPDATE 3:39 pm: Matt Steinmetz at CSN Bay Area has filled in some of the details about a potential New Jersey/Golden State trade (if it does happen).

I’m hearing the deal — which hasn’t been completed — would likely be Dan Gadzuric and Brandan Wright to the New Jersey Nets for Troy Murphy and a second-round pick.

My understanding is that nothing is imminent, and if anything were to happen it would probably occur much closer to Thursday, Feb. 24, the NBA’s trading deadline.

He adds that if this deal does go down it is very possible the Warriors would buy out Murphy, which would free him up to sign with a contender.

10:23 am: Troy Murphy’s immediate future is up to the whims of Carmelo Anthony’s decision — Murphy and his large expiring contract are at the heart of New Jersey’s offer for ‘Melo. If Anthony agrees to go play for the Nets, Murphy is bound for Denver. If not, he’ll remain in Newark.

But either way, he’ll likely end up in the Bay Area, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

A Warriors source told The Chronicle that a deal for Troy Murphy had been completed with Denver, contingent on Murphy being dealt to the Nuggets in a multiplayer, multipick deal with New Jersey…

But, once he escaped league meetings, Warriors general manager Larry Riley said the Murphy deal would go through New Jersey if it were to happen. He said the Warriors are part of talks with New Jersey, among a number of other teams, on deals that would exchange the Warriors’ expiring contracts for a player of substance inside or for future draft picks.

The Warriors have three expiring contracts that could be of interest, those of Dan Gadzuric, Vladimir Radmanovic and Brandan Wright.

Golden State would want to sign Murphy to a new deal in the off-season. One for a fraction of the $12 million he is set to make this season, but the Warriors still see value in him as a player, as a classic stretch four.