Finally, closure! According to several news sources Mikhail Prokhorov, owner of the New Jersey Nets, has announced that the proposed trade between his team and the Nuggets for Carmelo Anthony is dead! Although having a superstar on my team would have been nice, I cannot say that I am upset that all of these trade rumors involving the Nets are finally over. I pray to G-d that Prokhorov is serious about this.
Who knows. Prokhorov might be seeing if the Carmelo and the Nuggets will call his bluff. If Carmelo is not traded before the February 24 deadline, he may be leaving millions of dollars on the table with the looming new CBA coming this summer.
As I watch Mikhail Prokhorov speak on YES, he and Billy King say "We're out." Both went on saying that this has been a long and expensive process, and that the reported meeting between Prokhorov, Jay-Z and 'Melo is hereby canceled.
The question now is, what do the Nets do now? I'll tell you two or three players that I'm interested in now.
Monta Ellis: The guy is an intense scoring machine. He has been mentioned in MVP talks, as well as many trade rumors constantly. He's exactly the type of player the Nets need.
Gerald Wallace: Slightly undersized power forward/center, but a guy who plays much bigger than he is. This guy is a beast! He'd bring athleticism, energy and intensity to Newark, and would take some pressure off the ailing Brook Lopez.
J.J. Hickson: Much like Wallace, this guy is an animal. Best of all, he's young. We could give Cleveland one or two first round picks, and maybe one other player to get this deal done.
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