According to multiple sources, the New Jersey Nets and Denver Nuggets have reopened talks regarding superstar Carmelo Anthony.
Previously, Anthony had been said to be unwilling to sign with any team other than New York, but based on a recent Yahoo Sports report, that may be changing.
Anthony would apparently sign an extension with the Nets if the team were able to bring back some talent with him in the trade, similar to what the Orlando Magic just did.
Some close to the situation say that while a deal is not imminent, one could be completed as soon as January.
To do this, a third or fourth team would likely need to be involved and according to the New York Daily News, the Charlotte Bobcats are a possibility as an extra team.
The deal the Nets and Nuggets are working on right now would involve Anthony and teammate Al Harrington, as well as other "league players"—meaning players from other teams that are not yet known.
Whatever the teams are working on, it is said to be “a more complex, even bigger deal" than the one that was in place involving Utah and Charlotte in October.
One NBA executive who has been involved in the talks was quoted as saying, "The way this is structured now, the Nets will significantly upgrade their team."
So far, all we know is that Derrick Favors, Troy Murphy and multiple first round picks (New Jersey has five in the next two years) would be on their way to Denver. Favors is a promising rookie and Murphy has an expiring contract.
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The only player on the Nets who will, under no circumstances, be moved is center Brook Lopez—New Jersey's franchise player.
It is also likely that Devin Harris would be moved in the deal, possibly to a third team, as the Nuggets do not view him as part of their rebuilding plan and already have Ty Lawson, a similar player.
Chauncey Billups may be dealt as well, although it is not certain where, as many around the league are unsure about his ability to play at a high level at this point in his career.
The Chicago Bulls have also been mentioned as a team involved in the talks, as they are interested in Nuggets' guard J.R. Smith.
The Dallas Mavericks have also been mentioned as an Anthony suitor. They are apparently willing to take him on as a half-season rental, in the hopes that he would help bring them a championship.
Denver has shut down talks on their end while Anthony grieves the death of his sister, but will resume negotiations when he returns to the team. They have given up on trying to get Anthony to sign an extension with them, and it seems only a matter of time before he is dealt.
Right now, it seems the Nets are the frontrunners for the superstar's services.