Newark - Saying he believes the discussions have cost his team wins, Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has instructed negotiators to walk away from trade talks involving Carmelo Anthony.
"It's taken too long. It has been played out in public and certainly has taken a toll on the players," Prokhorov said during a press conference Wednesday before the Nets hosted Utah.
Prokhorov said Nets management has done a good job trying to work out a deal for the Nuggets star.
"But there comes a time when the price becomes too expensive," said Prokhorov. "I have instructed the team to walk away."
Prokhorov thinks the ongoing soap opera of trying to work out a deal for Anthony "has cost us several games" and said he canceled an upcoming meeting with the forward.
General manager Billy King said the Nets are just trying to build a team -- a process that takes time.
"The one thing you don't want to do is make a mistake," said King.
The Nets entered Wednesday night's game with Utah on a six-game losing streak that has them ranked 14th out of 15 Eastern Conference teams. They are averaging just over 92 points per game -- near the bottom of the NBA.