According to several reports, the New Jersey Nets have received permission to meet with Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony to discuss a trade and contract extension. Nets owners Mikhail Prokhorov and Jay-Z would like to meet with 'Melo before the Nuggets' next game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.
But 'Melo may not take the meeting.
David Aldridge of NBA.com reported late Sunday that the Nets had been granted permission by the Nuggets to talk with Anthony. But after the Nuggets' loss to the San Antonio Spurs, 'Melo indicated he wasn't willing to sit down with anyone but the Nuggets. From CBSSports.com's Ken Berger:
Asked what his desire is, Anthony said, "I don't want to talk to nobody. I let the front office handle that type of stuff. It ain't my job to be talking to New Jersey, New York, the Lakers, Dallas, no one. That's not my job to do."
And so 'Melo continues to play coy as to whether he thinks enough of the Nets to sign a three-year extension worth $65 million should the Nuggets consummate a widely rumored trade also including Chauncey Billups and Rip Hamilton. Prokhorov is in the United States for the Nets' Russian Heritage Night, to be held Wednesday in Newark as Andrei Kirilenko and the Utah Jazz visit.
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