Carmelo Anthony trade rumors once again include (drumroll, please) the New Jersey Nets, according to independent reports by Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski and the Bergen Record's Al Iannazzone. The Nets had dropped out of the 'Melo sweepstakes weeks ago when franchise owner Mikhail Prokhorov very publically withdrew the team from very public negotiations with the Denver Nuggets for the All-Star forward. Iannazzone reported Wednesday evening that the Nets and Nuggets had recently spoken about Anthony; almost simultaneously, Wojnarowski reported the same.
Wojnarowski reports that talks are currently live as the teams head into the All-Star break.
One source described talks as "progressing" and said they have been ongoing between Denver and New Jersey officials over a week. While the precise package being discussed was unclear, sources said talks have centered on a scaled-down package that still includes rookie forward Derrick Favors and draft picks.
Iannazzone reported Wednesday morning that Prokhorov and Nets GM Billy King would be in Los Angeles for All-Star meetings and festivities. Anthony will be there as an All-Star starter for the Western Conference. 'Melo had indicated a willingness to meet with Prokhorov to discuss a potential contract extension or Baltic merlots.
The New York Knicks had been the other major contender for Anthony's services, but the Knicks either don't have a package that interests the Nuggets or aren't willing to give up all that would interest Denver.