Report: Anthony deal exclusively in Knicks' court

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New York - Carmelo Anthony's future reportedly lies in the hands of New York Knicks owner James Dolan.

The New York Daily News reported Friday that Dolan, the chairman of Madison Square Garden, could decide as early as Saturday if the All-Star forward will come to the Knicks from Denver via trade. If Dolan backs off, he could risk losing Anthony to the New Jersey Nets.

The newspaper reported Anthony met with Dolan and Nuggets president Josh Kroenke, the son of team owner Stan Kroenke. The Daily News says the meeting took place Thursday in Los Angeles.

The NBA trade deadline is next Thursday. An earlier report from the Daily News stated both Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov and Dolan would talk with Anthony. Both were to be in Los Angeles for owners meetings during the All-Star break.

Anthony, however, denied the report Friday afternoon.

"No meeting has been set, so honestly I really don't know where that came from," an annoyed Anthony said. "I'm ready for something to just happen...I'm just ready for this whole thing to just be over with."

The meeting with the Knicks reportedly took place after the Nuggets and Nets reportedly agreed in principle on a deal that would require Anthony to sign a three-year, $65 million extension with New Jersey.

The Nuggets, who have offered Anthony a lucrative contract extension, want to make a trade before he becomes a free agent this summer.

Just last month, Prokhorov said the Nets were out of the running. He believed, at the time, that the speculation surrounding the trade talks for Anthony had cost the Nets "several games" and that it had "taken a toll on the players."

The Nuggets would like to deal Anthony to New Jersey because the Nets have apparently offered the best package -- one that reportedly involves multiple first-round draft picks.

The Bergen Record reported earlier Friday the Nets and Nuggets have agreed to a tentative trade, with the Nets landing Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Melvin Ely and Renaldo Balkman from the Nuggets, who would receive Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, Troy Murphy, Ben Uzoh and four first-round picks.

Anthony has maintained, although never outwardly, that he wants to play for the Knicks and would only sign an extension for a deal that would send him to New York. The Knicks believe the Nuggets are asking too much in a proposed trade for Anthony, especially if New York believes it could wait for Anthony to sign as a free agent in the summer.

However, Anthony could be leaving money on the table if he waits to become a free agent. A likely labor dispute and new collective bargaining agreement could change the amount of money the Knicks, or any other team, can offer through free agency.


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