The Nets are "further along" in talks with the Nuggets on a blockbuster trade for Carmelo Anthony than they have been ever before, according to sources. A three-team deal involving the Pistons that would include at least 15 players could be completed as soon as this week.
“Prokhorov is interesting, Jay-Z is interesting, the future of that organization is interesting,” Anthony said. “They’re moving to Brooklyn is interesting. There’s a lot there.”
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: I get the sense Carmelo Anthony is enjoying his moment in the sun.
For months, the spotlight has been on Anthony, his pending free agency, and where he’ll end up. The glare of that spotlight doesn’t affect him. In fact, it pleases him.
So Anthony tossed fuel on the New Jersey Nets fire, telling the Bergeron Record he finds the club’s owners, organization, and Brooklyn ‘interesting’.
Well, the feeling is mutual.
New Jersey has interest in Anthony. He’s a natural scorer. And his star power would help overshadow the Knicks when the team eventually crosses the river into Brooklyn.
However, Anthony won’t come cheap. The Denver Nuggets want Brook Lopez or Derrick Favors in a package that will include expiring contracts and draft picks.
Interest may not be enough to complete a trade. The speculation will continue, which means additional headlines and press for Anthony.
Something tells me he won’t have a problem with this.
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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s not happening.
The New Jersey Nets are not trading Derrick Favors to the Denver Nuggets for embattled superstar Carmelo Anthony. The Nets love Favors’ upside, believing he could become an all-time great.
This development limits the soon-to-be Brooklyn squad’s ability to land Anthony. Remember, star big Brook Lopez is off the table. So the Nets have little to offer.
After all, Denver wants a young, blue-chip piece as part of any deal for Anthony. No Favors. No Lopez. No Anthony in New Jersey.
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Samuel Dalembert got his wish. The Philadelphia 76ers traded Dalembert to the Sacramento Kings on Thursday for Andres Nocioni and Spencer Hawes. Dalembert asked for a trade last year because he was unhappy with his role. Now, he got it.
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: On the surface, this looks like two rebuilding teams exchanging spare parts.
After all, Samuel Dalembert - a decent big man, who often came late to practice and reportedly had a questionable attitude - wanted out of Philadelphia and he'll plug the middle in 2010-11 for Sacramento.
Dalembert's greatest attribute may be his contract: his $10 million per year salary comes off the books in July 2011, so the Kings will get some financial flexibility.
Meanwhile, Philadelphia gets deeper in the frontcourt. Nocioni is a blue-collar veteran; Hawes - a young and skilled seven-footer - has shown flashes, but also struggled with injuries.
However, Chad Ford of ESPN believes this deal will alter who the Kings and 76ers draft this June. With Nocioni in the mix, Ford argues that the 76ers will likely select Derrick Favors, while the Kings will now look to draft a small forward.
So the full implications of this deal won't really be felt until the draft on June 24th.
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