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.