One of the final significant hurdles for a blockbuster four-team trade
that would send Carmelo Anthony(notes) to the New Jersey Nets hinges on
the All-Star forward’s willingness to agree to a contract extension
with the Nets, two front-office executives involved in the deal told
The Denver Nuggets and New Jersey are having ongoing discussions centered on No. 3 overall pick Derrick Favors(notes) and the Nets’ 2011 first-round pick and a protected 2012 first-rounder the Nets received from the Golden State Warriors going back to the Nuggets. The proposed trade also would involve the Utah Jazz and Charlotte Bobcats. Under the proposal, league sources said the Nets would also send point guard Devin Harris to the Bobcats, who would move forward Boris Diaw to the Jazz, who would send forward Andrei Kirilenko to the Nuggets to complete what one front-office source described as a “very complicated” deal.
One more potential hindrance to the trade is the Nets want point guard D.J. Augustin from the Bobcats to help offset the loss of Harris, league sources said. So far, Charlotte has shown a reluctance to part with the young point guard in this trade. General manager Rod Higgins and coach Larry Brown want to try to keep him to play behind Harris.
The Nets would have only Jordan Farmar, who left the Los Angeles Lakers in the summer as a free agent, as an experienced point guard.
“That could still be a sticking point,” one source told Yahoo! Sports.
Still, the Nets are motivated to smooth over everything else should they get a commitment from Anthony to sign an extension with them. The Nets have reshaped the franchise under new Russian billionaire owner, Mikhail Prokhorov. They have resources unmatched in the NBA, and will move out of the decrepit Meadowlands arena and into the state-of-the-state Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., this season. The Nets are likely to spend two years in Newark before moving into their eventual new arena in Brooklyn.