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Report: Carmelo Anthony to give final answer to Nets Monday


More than seven months after the whole drama started, Carmelo Anthony is going to finally make a decision Monday.

He is finally going to inform the Nets whether or not he would sign an extension with them, according to the New York Post.

If Anthony will sign the three-year, $65 million extension with New Jersey then the Nets and Nuggets will make a deal that would send Anthony, Chauncey Billups,  Renaldo Balkman, Shelden Williams and Melvin Ely to the Nets. In return the Nuggets would get Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, rookie Ben Uzoh and Troy Murphy and up to four first round picks. (Don’t expect the Nuggets and Murphy to be paired long if at all. They have been looking for a third team to take him, or another team to quickly trade him to, with one possibility being Golden State.)

If Anthony says no to the Nets, the Nuggets and Knicks are close to having a deal and likely would finalize one. Whether or not Timofey Mozgov is part of that deal remains to be seen.

Anthony met all the key owners this weekend — Knicks owner James Dolan Thursday and Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov on Saturday. Initial reports were the Nets did not think that meeting went well, but Prokhorov was more positive with CNBC sports business reporter Darren Rovell Sunday.

“It was a fantastic meeting, trust me,” Prokhorov said, smiling. “No words, live music, excellent atmosphere. We looked into each other’s eyes. Just real man talk….

“Carmelo is in a difficult situation,” Prokhorov said. “For him, maybe it’s the most important decision of his life.”

Prokhorov also said he believes pulling the team out of prior negotiations was the right move, as was getting back in when they did.

“I think we made a very good tactical decision to force (the) Knicks to pay as much as they can,” Prokhorov said. “So it’s very good, it’s very interesting, it’s very competitive.”

About that O.J. Mayo/Knicks rumor, Denver reportedly isn’t interested

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This really should have been expected.

The Knicks are scrounging around trying to insert themselves back into the Carmelo Anthony trade talks. They started talking with the Memphis Grizzlies to come up with a trade package that might include O.J. Mayo.

And the Nets said “no thanks, not interested”, according to a tweet from Chris Broussard of ESPN. That would fit with the ongoing pattern of the Nuggets wanting nothing to do with dealing with New York. Broussard also said Mayo didn’t really like the idea of going to Denver — but he would love to be a Knick.

Knicks fans, let’s be honest. There is only one way ‘Melo is coming to the Knicks — he tells the Nets, Nuggets and his agents that New York is the only place he will go, and if a trade isn’t worked out he’ll do it via free agency.

That means he meets with Jay-Z and Mikhail Prokhorov and tells them no to their face. That means he tells his agents — who desperately want him to sign the extension so he doesn’t potentially leave tens of millions on the table under whatever the new Collective Bargaining Agreement will look like — that it is only the Knicks and to stop messing around with other scenarios. It is him telling all the teams that have spent weeks and countless hours putting together the Nets three-team trade he is not playing along.

Does that seem likely to you?

Winderman: Jared Jeffries salary dump reason Knicks are out of Anthony sweepstakes


Thumbnail image for Anthony_game.jpgIt is one thing to mortgage your future after the fact.

The Heat did that with the Cavaliers and Raptors in the sign-and-trades utilized to increase the payouts to LeBron James and Chris Bosh.

For most of the next decade, draft night will remain rumor in South Florida.

It is, however, another thing to mortgage a future on the whim of hope.

The Knicks did that last season with the trade-deadline deal with the Rockets that excised the salary of forward Jared Jeffries.

The payoff from that move was the ability to sign Amare Stoudemire, Raymond Felton and Timofey Mozgov in free agency, moves that likely won’t put New York anywhere close to homecourt in the first round of the playoffs, let alone legitimate contention.

Yet because of that Jeffries dump, the Knicks now find themselves on the outside looking in when it comes to the emerging Carmelo Anthony lottery.

Why? Because if the Nuggets are forced into moving Anthony, any such move would come with an eye toward the future. And that is a view the Knicks simply cannot furnish.

In a transaction that keeps on giving (indigestion), the Knicks, in order to dump Jeffries on the Rockets, also gave Houston the right to flip-flop 2011 first-round picks, provided the Knicks’ selection is not No. 1 overall.

But wait, it gets worse.

In that same deal, the Knicks also agreed to send their 2012 first-round pick to the Rockets, provided it is not among the first five.

And the misery doesn’t end there.

Because, by rule, teams cannot trade successive future first-round picks, that 2012 obligation to the Rockets means the Knicks cannot trade their 2011 first-round pick (or the one possibly to be swapped from the Rockets) or their 2013 first-round pick.

So the earliest first-round pick, at this moment, barring the unlikely eventuality of acquiring another team’s choice, the Knicks could offer Denver in a potential Carmelo package would be for 2014.

For the Knicks, this past June was supposed to be the ultimate draft nightmare, when their unprotected first-round lottery pick had to be conveyed to Utah, with the Jazz selecting Gordon Hayward ninth overall.

Instead, the draft misery continues.

As does the inability to meet a prime Nuggets’ need in any Anthony deal.

Ira Winderman writes regularly for NBCSports.com and covers the Heat and the NBA for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. You can follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/IraHeatBeat.

Kevin Martin says he's back, if so the Rockets may be as well

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Thumbnail image for martin_rocket.jpgAs preseason predictions start to creep out, the Houston Rockets are becoming a popular dark horse pick in the West. The Lakers are the Lakers, but if anyone has a shot at knocking them off, it may well be Houston if Yao Ming can stay healthy.

In part that prediction is based on Kevin Martin becoming an elite sharpshooter that feeds of Yao inside and the slashing of point guard Aaron Brooks. If things go according to plan, Martin should have to create fewer of his own shots and have a lot of open looks.

And he’s ready to knock them down, he told the Houston Chronicle.

“I’ll be back to my pre-wrist-injury form. I’m feeling better, more like I was before the injury. That was the main goal, to get back there. My goal when I got traded was to fit in with a great group of guys, not try to be that person that came in here thinking he was going to take every shot. That fitting-in phase is definitely over. Now I’m ready to get back to being myself.

“Nobody has seen the real me yet. I’m ready to take off.”

Martin has spent the summer in the gym with friend-of-this-blog David Thorpe, the head honcho at the Pro Training Center in Florida. He said Martin is ready.

“He worked hard, but the biggest thing is he is totally healthy and back to being a really, really athletic player,” Thorpe said. “He looked like a 21-year-old the way he was running and jumping and sprinting. The results were phenomenal. He never shot like this. He never had a better summer shooting the ball than this summer. I’m more hopeful than I ever have been before about him shooting the 3.

Martin also had one of the better lines of the summer. The rumors persist that if Denver gets serious about moving Carmelo Anthony, the Rockets will be in and Martin will be part of the trade bait.

Martin is willing to bargain with GM Daryl Morey.

“If Houston wants Carmelo that bad,” Martin said, “on Halloween, if I’m still here, I’ll dress up as Carmelo.”