After a scare from the New York Knicks, it appears that New Jersey is still Denver’s No. 1 dance partner in the Carmelo Anthony trade sweepstakes. Al Iannazzone and Marc J. Spears both have reports indicating that the deal could be official next week, but as with anything in this megadeal, things could fall apart at the drop of a hat.
Indeed, Spears says, “Carmelo has told close associates the Nets still need to sell him on signing an extension with them, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.”
But I think that is less about having cold feet than wanting to be loved and get the superstar treatment he feels he’s entitled to for making a three-year commitment. I guess $65 million just doesn’t buy what it used to.
The reports indicate the parameters of the deal, which stalled in recent days as the Nuggets tried to extract more concessions and cost-savings out of the Nets, is going to look largely as it was originally conceived. In other words, Al Harrington and his $28 million contract is not involved. Detroit is still expected to send Richard Hamilton and DaJuan Summers to the Nets in exchange for the expiring deal of Troy Murphy and the Johan Petro. The Pistons will also reportedly receive a second-round pick for taking on the Petro deal.
Richard Hamilton, who got a DNP-CD in the altered Pistons lineup on Wednesday, is expected to suit up again tonight against the Toronto Raptors.