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And the saga continues…

Denver has called back.

As everyone in the NBA, and the Nets front office, expected, the Nuggets reached out to the Nets and are trying to re-engage in trade talks for Carmelo Anthony, multiple league sources confirmed last night.

The Nets always were seen as the team with the best assets to offer the Nuggets for the All-Star small forward, and some felt it was only a matter of talks resumed before the Feb. 24 NBA trade deadline.

One source close to the situation labeled the talks as “exploratory,” claiming there have been discussions, nothing is close, and any deal would in no way mirror the mega-blockbuster that was discussed, proposed and ultimately derailed last month by Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov after a lengthy, drawn-out process.

“There’s no Detroit; there’s no 17 players,” one source claimed. “Any deal would be a shell of the January version.”

A deal now likely would involve Nets draft picks, rookie Derrick Favors, and the expiring contract of Troy Murphy. Again, the Nets would not make any deal unless they are certain Anthony would sign the three-year, $65-million extension Denver has had on the table since the summer. Anthony also has $18 million guaranteed for next year, which he would lose if he opts out for free agency.

The Nets always have proceeded under the belief that Anthony would agree to sign and come to New Jersey if a deal could be struck with the Nuggets.

Sources contend the Nuggets called back, in part, because they are convinced Anthony will not re-sign in Denver, despite his recent claim he would take “a hard look” at staying put.

He’s gonna take about a hard a look at staying in Denver as Bron took at staying in Cleveland. But better New Jersey than L.A., yuck…



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