Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports the Nets have made progress in their attempts to acquire Carmelo Anthony from the Nuggets, as they have recruited the Bobcats and the Jazz to make a trade work. In this arrangement, the Nets would send Derrick Favors, whom they selected with the third overall pick in this year's draft, and "multiple first-round picks" to Denver, which would also acquire power forward Andrei Kirilenko from the Jazz. In addition, the Nets would send point guard Devin Harris, a former All-Star, to the Bobcats, who would in turn send Boris Diaw to Utah.
But the deal is contingent on multiple other factors, Stein says. New Jersey will not do the deal unless Anthony signs a contract extension prior to it, meaning it would have to convince Anthony that he should spend his prime years with the Nets. Further, asStein says via his Twitter account, "other contracts would surely be added to make such a deal work," so the teams would need to find salary ballast. Finally, Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, who did not have specifics about the third and fourth teams in his earlier report, says, "Nothing is imminent in the next 24 hours."