In the end, the biggest hold-up in a trade that would send Carmelo Anthony to New Jersey may be Anthony himself.
According to several league sources, Anthony has not told anyone, not even his representatives, that he will sign a contract extension with the Nets.
One source who has spoken with Anthony since trade talks between Denver, New Jersey and Detroit became public last weekend said the Nuggets forward has never even hinted at signing with New Jersey.
-- Chris Broussard, ESPN The Magazine
-- Chris Broussard, ESPN The MagazineHere is a poetic look at the unfolding 'Melo-Drama':
Carmelo Anthony's Pit Stop
All hail Carmelo! To ringing percussion
Nets' star has arrived, promised by The Russian
Now other teams will head to Newark with dread
And next year (or maybe not) Brooklyn instead
The deal is complex, and ever-expanding
An easier task is to count who's still standing
But what's this? A monkey wrench enters the mix
Carmelo may not sign with Nets, only Knicks
An auction gets stagnant, with one in the bidding
The catbird seat's precisely where Knicks are now sitting
Offer a package of Curry, Jerome James and Weis
Throw in Browne Sanders' harassment SUV lease
Bring him to Gotham, end this charade
And hasten the Canyon of Heroes parade