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Nets On The Verge Of Acquiring Carmelo Anthony

The New Jersey Nets are once again nearing a deal to bring Carmelo Anthony to Newark with the help of the Detroit Pistons.  After several failed attempts this season, the latest proposal would include up to 13 players, making it the largest trade in NBA history.

According to Yahoo! Sports, here is where all of the moving parts would land:

The proposed trade will send Anthony, [Rip] Hamilton, Chauncey Billups, Nuggets guard Anthony Carter and forward Shelden Williams to the Nets.  The Nuggets will receive two first-round picks from the Nets, point guard Devin Harris, rookie forward Derrick Favors, guards Anthony Morrow, Ben Uzoh, Stephen Graham and Quinton Ross.  The Pistons will get [Troy] Murphy and [Johan] Petro.

At this point the biggest question mark seems to be Petro. The Pistons are trying to save as much money as possible and have yet to agree to take on his contract that will pay him $6.75 million over the next two seasons.  Considering the much bigger hurdles that have already been cleared, Petro's status won't hold up the deal.

With so many of their players involved in this trade, the Nets will need this to happen sooner rather than later. They travel to take on the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday and have to have enough players in uniform to play the game which they wouldn't have while waiting for physicals to be completed.

Both Anthony and Billups started for the Nuggets Sunday night.