Nets Do Not Yet Have Permission To Discuss Trade With Carmelo Anthony, According To Report

As of Monday, it looked like the New Jersey Nets had received special permission from the NBA to talk to Carmelo Anthony to discuss a proposed trade that would send Anthony from Denver to the Nets. However, the NBA hasn't yet given the Nets permission to talk to Anthony, according to Ian Thomsen of SI.com.

The Nets may eventually get the meeting approved by the NBA, but they have not done so yet, according to Thomsen's source. This contradicts an earlier report by David Aldridge that the Nets had indeed received permission.  

New Jersey wants a verbal commitment from Anthony that he will sign a three-year, $65 million contract extension before signing off on a proposed trade with Denver. They needed a special exemption from the league to convince Anthony to do so because it would otherwise be a violation of the NBA's tampering rules. Teams cannot meet with players who are under contract with other teams unless they receive special permission. 

The Nets are hoping to meet with Anthony once owner Mikhail Prokhorov arrives to the United States on Wednesday. Prokhorov and minority owner Jay-Z are expected to be present, but Anthony has not yet agreed to meet with them. He said on Sunday that he would only agree to meet with the Nuggets at this stage.  

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