Carmelo Anthony could finally be traded to the New Jersey Nets once the team's Western road trip ends on Monday, reports Al Iannazzone of the Bergen Record. Fred Kerber of the New York Post similarly reports that the trade is back on track and could be consummated early next week.
The trade had stalled since last weekend, when myriad reports considered the deal to be on the precipice of completion. The Denver Nuggets reportedly bristled at the public nature the talks took, and threatened to cut off discussion with the Nets, possibly even turning to the rival New York Knicks for new 'Melo talks.
But cooler heads have evidently prevailed, and Iannazzone and Kerber report that the basic framework of the previously rumored deal -- 'Melo, Chauncey Billups and Rip Hamilton will join up in Newark, while the Detroit Pistons will grab Troy Murphy and Johan Petro and the Nuggets will take on Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, Anthony Morrow, a few draft picks and a bunch of salary fillers -- remains in place. Iannazzone indicates the Nuggets may still be pushing, or may have been successful in convincing the Nets to take on another long-term contract, either Al Harrington or Renaldo Balkman.
Yahoo!'s Marc J. Spears reports, meanwhile, that 'Melo still needs to be convinced the Nets are the right team for him.