Carmelo Anthony Trade Rumors: Carmelo Won't Talk with New Jersey Nets

Sal DeRose@@TheSalDeRoseCorrespondent IJanuary 17, 2011

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So here it is again. More Carmelo Anthony trade news.

Carmelo seems to have thrown another wrench into a trade that would land him in New Jersey.

The Nuggets allegedly gave the New Jersey Nets permission to talk to Carmelo. Last night in an interview, Carmelo may have made a deal to New Jersey only that more impossible.

"I don't want to talk to nobody. I let the front office handle that type of stuff. It ain't my job to be talking to New Jersey, New York, the Lakers, Dallas, no one. That's not my job to do," Anthony said after his team suffered a 110-97 loss at San Antonio.

So there it is yet another wrench thrown in and yet again Anthony stirring the pot a little bit. 

Carmelo Anthony continued to talk, this time about the alleged permission the Nets were granted to speak to Carmelo.

"I still won't step into something like that. I've seen a lot of people go through that and for me to sit here and say that I want to talk to them or Masai (Denver's executive vice president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri) and Josh (Denver's President Josh Kroenke) gave them permission to talk to me, I think that's false.

"If that was the case, then I'm pretty sure I would've gotten a phone call from Masai or Josh about that," Anthony said of the permission to talk to the Nets.

I'm going to sound like an echo here when I say this but, the Nets are highly unlikely to do a deal in which Carmelo does not sign an extension with the team. 

Carmelo reportedly has a $64.47 million, three-year extension on the table for him in Denver.

It seems that Carmelo really wants to play in New York and is willing to finish the year off in Denver and sign with the Knicks come the offseason. Which, if you're the Knicks, obviously this is your most ideal scenario.

According to Anthony a deal isn't imminent either so, Nets fans, hold your breath a little bit longer.

"I don't know where all this Nets stuff came from, man. Once the Nets went out there and acquired those five picks, everybody just put everything together...From what I'm hearing, nothing is imminent right now. That's just what I'm hearing," Anthony said.

Even the sources close with Nuggets agree that a Carmelo Anthony deal isn't imminent.

Anthony after Saturday night's win over Cleveland said he would still be in Denver come Wednesday's home game versus Oklahoma City. Carmelo jumped a little further after the loss to the Spurs.

"I'm going to play Wednesday against Oklahoma City and then against the Lakers. Then Indiana," Anthony said.

Nets head coach Avery Johnson echoed the sentiments.

"The team that you see right now, you'll see this team in uniform Wednesday. You'll see the same team Friday night," Johnson said of his Nets players.

Again, now a deal is nowhere near imminent from either side, New Jersey and New York. The mess that is the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes just got a whole lot messier.

Denver will likely deal Carmelo one way or another before the deadline. But, without an extension, his value plummets dramatically.