The New Jersey Nets are now on the verge of acquiring Carmelo Anthony, after the the all-star Denver Nuggets’ small forward agreed to terms with the deal. This news was first reported by the New York Post, then by Fox Sports.
The Nets would receive Anthony and Charlotte Bobcats’ point guard D.J. Augustin in a four-team trade that also involves the Utah Jazz. New Jersey, however, would have to give up first-round draft pick Derrick Favors, one future first-round draft pick, and point guard Devin Harris.
Anthony hasn’t yet agreed to a three-year $65 million deal to join the Nets, but many folks that are associated and are familiar with the deal say that the 26-year-old has confirmed it. But there are still a few things yet to remain and to be worked out and fixed.
The Nets looked to get such a deal done before the Nuggets start training camp and report to it tomorrow on Monday.
All of the four teams involved in this deal have agreed to this trade.
Anthony really wanted to play for the New York Knicks, as they also have power forward Amare Stoudemire, but they didn’t have the right pieces and things for the deal to work it out and suit the small forward well enough than what the Nets have in place.
There was also the Chicago Bulls, but it didn’t happen due to Joakim Noah.
The Nets will move to Brooklyn sometime before the 2012-13 season starts.
With Anthony now in the mix, the Nets have a nice forward/center starting line-up that includes ‘Melo, recently-acquired power forward from the Indiana Pacers Troy Murphy, and young, but rising, center Brook Lopez.
The Nets look to roll this season with their new small forward. However, what’s odd about the report I read about this from the New York Post and Fox Sports is that not other sources have reported. Sources like ESPN and FanHouse haven’t even mentioned this news yet.
For now, I’ll save this in the rumor category.