The deal to send Carmelo Anthony to the New Jersey Nets is supposedly dead -- but don't schedule the funeral just yet.
Last week, a Nuggets scout was in New Jersey watching Derrick Favors, reportedly a centerpiece of a potential transaction. And now, comments from the Nets' owner indicate that he's still in the market for some Melo.
Our source is Stefan Bondy's piece for the New York Daily News. As he notes, the Nets visited Moscow to meet with owner Mikhail Prokhorov, who more than a year ago "pledged to save the Nets with his billions of dollars and his playboy persona, flying onto the scene like a villain in a 1980s action flick."
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Unsurprisingly, reporters asked Prokhorov, and while he didn't talk specifics, he certainly made it clear that the door remains open. His remark: "We will use any opportunity to make the team stronger."
Bondy quotes Nets minority owner Bruce Ratner making a similar comment. Although he didn't mention Anthony by name, Ratner said, "I think one important thing to recognize about basketball is that it's always opportunistic. Certain things come along."
Both of these quotes bode well for something finally getting done on the Anthony front. Prokhorov seems serious about elevating the Nets above joke status, which makes sense. After all, the franchise's proximity to the New York market, and the current mediocrity of the Knicks, provides a money-making opportunity -- and Anthony's presence in the lineup would immediately give the Nets credibility.
Now it's a question of how much Prokhorov is willing to give up in order to take the next step.