NBA Trade Rumors: New Jersey Nets Make Push for Carmelo Anthony

December 15th, 2010 by Brandon Becker Leave a reply »
The New Jersey Nets stepped up their efforts to try and acquire Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets this past Tuesday. New Jersey gave up Joe Smith and former first-round pick Terrence Williams in order to receive a 2012 lottery protected first-round pick from Houston to go with the Los Angeles 2011 first-round pick.

The Nets apparently have ignored Anthony's comments that he will only sign a contract extension if he is traded to New York. Having five first-round picks in the next two drafts will certainly provide the Nets the ability to make an irresistible offer to Denver, especially with the highly touted Derrick Favors in the mix. 

If the Nuggets had a choice between what the Knicks can offer and what the Nets can, the choice would be easy; New Jersey has the pieces to make a more competitive offer that would help jump start Denver's rebuilding effort. 

But 'Melo's unwillingness to sign a contract extension could force the Nuggets to give into the superstar's wishes and ship him to the Big Apple. 

'Melo is clearly ready to take his talents elsewhere, but doesn't want to head into next season, with the labor ...

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