The proposed trade of Carmelo Anthony looks like a non-possibility from the New Jersey side of the Hudson River. That’s the word that came down from Nets’ owner Mikhail Prokhorov before a game against the Utah Jazz. Of course, the Nets players who were said to be a possible part of the deal (and that included everyone on the roster with the exception of center Book Lopez) felt a lot more at ease, and the team proceeded to go out and beat Utah on what was “Russian Culture Night” at the Prudential Center in Newark.

Ah yes, Newark; my own hometown and a place ‘Melo was very hesitant about going to. Ultimately that was the road block that was going to hold up any deal. Anthony did not want to sign a contract extension with the Nets, just as he didn’t want to sign one with the Denver Nuggets. In fact, the only team he reportedly would have been willing to go with was the New York Knicks.

This was kind of perplexing to many of the fans who were looking in on this “Melo-drama,” because the Nets, as most NBA followers know, are going to be headed to Brooklyn, Carmelo’s birthplace, in a couple of years. At that point they will look to challenge the Knicks for hearts of basketball fans in the Big Apple, and may find themselves with a whole island (“Long Island” that is) to draw from. It would be a stretch to say that those plans were scuttled, because the Nets have the ability to go out and sign some free agent talent, a leftover effect from the pipe dream they had about getting LeBron James to sign a free agent deal. More details please visit:-

That didn’t happen, but I guess the good news is that the Knicks didn’t get him either. Right now the largest market in the country belongs to the Knicks, and it’s got to be a strange experience (I’m not around it any more) asking a fan base to support a club that has every intention of moving and has announced it long ahead of time. Let’s face it – if you are in New Jersey, it’s a lot more difficult to go through a tunnel and cross a bridge to see your team, and you’ll be more hesitant to do it – and I’m only taking a wild guess here – if it’s a bad team. Let’s hope the lame duck Nets can find a local hero or two to take with them when they make their move.

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