It still appears likely the Knicks will get the big prize.
But whether or not the Nets are still fighting for Anthony is up for debate.
Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix sent out this tweet Monday afternoon:
Source says it appears Nets are “throwing in the towel” on pursuit of Anthony.
Al Iannazzone of the Bergen Record quickly shot that rumor down.
Nets are not throwing in the towel. Then Knicks are bidding against themselves. Nets don’t want that. No Knick writer will retweet that
Take all of this with a grain of salt — actually, an entire salt lake — because the Nets have said they were out of things a couple other times only to jump back in. However, both of these reports fit with everything we’re hearing.
Carmelo Anthony was going to tell the Nets today whether or not he would sign an extension with them. If the answer was no, the Nets saying they are not going to pursue him any more is the face-saving way for them to get the news out.
If true, it would mean the Knicks would get Anthony and then the Nets may well do a separate deal with the Nuggets to get some picks for the future and send some Knicks players to New Jersey. Of course, part of the reason the Nets want that second deal is to anger the Knicks, maybe slow them dow and give the Nets room to get back in. Not that it’s likely to work — it makes no sense for the Knicks to kill their big trade for a superstar just because some of their role players may come back to New Jersey.
The Knicks “final offer” was said to be Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Eddy Curry and his expiring contract, plus a first-round pick to Denver for Anthony, Chauncey Billups, and Shelden Williams (and maybe another player.
The Nuggets are pushing hard to get Timofey Mozgov included in the deal and that continues to be the big holdup. As of now, the Knicks have not relented on him. (And why should they? If ‘Melo won’t go to the Nets why up the offer?)
Ken Berger of CBSSports reports this as a three-team deal where Denver also would get Corey Brewer from Minnesota, while the Wolves would take on Curry’s contract plus forward Anthony Randolph. (Not sure why that works for Minnesota but it’s out there.)
There will officially be no trades on Monday — the league office is closed for the President’s Day holiday. However, teams can agree to deals and send them to the league office, they just will not be reviewed and approved until Tuesday.