Carmelo Anthony Trade Speculations: The New Jersey Nets Are Back In It

Colin KirschnerContributor IIFebruary 17, 2011

DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 10:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets looks on during a break in the action against the Dallas Mavericks during NBA action at the Pepsi Center on February 10, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Mavericks 121-120. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The New Jersey Nets are back in it. About a week ago, the New Jersey Nets contacted the Denver Nuggets resuming trade talks around Carmelo Anthony. From the information available thus far, the two clubs have been conversing of a trade similar to the 13-player, three-team trade that was discussed in January. The only exception now is the Nets seem less willing to give up the same amount of players and picks as before.

Last month when talks seemed to be going good, the Detroit Pistons were a part of the talks. The Pistons agreed to send Richard Hamilton to New Jersey, but are now no longer a part of the talks.

There are two and only two reasons why the Nuggets are willing to re-open the door on the Nets: 1.) Talks before revolved around Denver receiving last years third overall pick, PF Derrick Favors, and 2.) due to the fact the Nets have multiple first-round picks to offer.

To make this a reality, the Nets would also need Anthony to sign a three-year extension worth a max of $65 million.

One problem is that Anthony hasn't once acknowledged New Jersey as an attractive team he would like to extend his career with.

From what his camp has said over the past month seem to show all signs pointing away from New Jersey.

Anthony has made it clear he will only sign a long-term deal with the New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls or the Los Angeles Lakers.

These Carmelo trade talks are about to start getting really crazy again with the deadline coming in a week—February 24.

It's hard to see Anthony agreeing to a deal with the Nets.

This is because last month when the teams almost came to an agreement and Denver gave the Nets permission to talk to Anthony; Carmelo said he would only talk face-to-face with Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov and popular minority owner Jay-Z.

A day before the two parties were scheduled to meet, Prokhorov made an unexpected move. 

He canceled the meeting, calling a press conference and stating the Nets were taking there name out of the pot for Anthony.

This move was most likely made because the Nets were probably sick of having their name included in the mass media and the speculation of a deal getting done.

In the end, this move could have severely hurt New Jerseys chances of landing Anthony, showing him we don't really want you.

I'm not an expert on world sociology, but I'd guess they don't do business like this over in Russia.