Carmelo Anthony’s drawn-out saga is beginning to border on LeBron James’ “Decision” of last summer. The good news is, it may be coming to an end soon.
Reports indicate that the Denver Nuggets and New Jersey Nets have agreed once again on a tentative deal to send the superstar east in a blockbuster trade. Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarkowski reports that the “framework” of the deal has been agreed upon and all that is left is selling Anthony on signing the three-year, $65 million contract extension he’s mulled for months.
In the proposed nine-player deal, according to Fan Nation, the Nuggets would send Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Renaldo Balkman, Melvin Ely and Shelden Williams to the Nets in exchange for top pick Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, Troy Murphy, Ben Uzoh and four first-round draft picks.
With the trade still in limbo, Anthony and Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov could hold a weekend face-to-face meeting in Los Angeles, site of this week’s All-Star festivities, ESPN reports. Prokhorov said last month at a news conference that the Nets would no longer pursue Anthony, but the Russian billionaire seems to have changed his stance.
While all signs point to Anthony landing in New Jersey, it’s still possible the New York Knicks could make a final-hour offer that trumps the Nets’ proposal. Anthony’s future does have a date it will be decided by. The NBA’s trade deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m. ET.
The NBA’s All-Star weekend begins tonight. Anthony and the All-Stars don’t play until Sunday, but here’s what to watch tonight (all times Eastern):
All-Star Celebrity Game (7 p.m., ESPN)
Where else can you see Justin Bieber and Scottie Pippen share a floor? A mix of former legends and entertainment stars play in the first basketball game of All-Star weekend. Jimmy Kimmel and ESPN columnist Bill Simmons serve as coaches.
Rookie Challenge (9 p.m., TNT)
Blake Griffin, John Wall and the rookie squad face off with their sophomore counterparts, led by Stephen Curry and Brandon Jennings.
No. 13 UConn at No. 16 Louisville (9 p.m., ESPN)
Kemba Walker and the Huskies are back on track but face a difficult road test when they play the Cardinals, who defeated them in double overtime on January 29.
By the numbers
9: Games played by safety Bob Sanders over the past three seasons since winning the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year award in 2007. The oft-injured Sanders was cut by the Indianapolis Colts on Friday.
12: Consecutive All-Star game starts for Spurs big man Tim Duncan after Gregg Popovich announced that Duncan would replace injured Yao Ming in the Western Conference’s starting lineup Sunday.
42: Points scored by Bulls guard Derrick Rose, a career high, in Chicago’s 109-99 victory over San Antonio on Thursday.