Carmelo Anthony met with New Jersey Nets owners Mikhail Prokhorov and Jay-Z, who are trying to convince the Denver Nuggets forward to sign a three-year $65 million extension, the New York Daily News reported.
The meeting in Los Angeles, where Anthony will play today in the All-Star game, was reported yesterday after Prokhorov issued a statement saying he had no intentions of meeting with the player, the Daily News said. The trade deadline is Feb. 24.
“Just to update you, Mikhail has not met with and has no plans to meet with Carmelo Anthony,” said an e-mail released yesterday by Ellen Pinchuk, the owner’s spokeswoman. “He is looking forward to enjoying All-Star weekend. We will have nothing else to add on this.”
Pinchuk didn’t answer an e-mail seeking comment on the Daily News’ report.
The Nuggets tentatively had agreed to trade Anthony, 26, to the Nets if the four-time All-Star accepted the extension, the Record of Bergen County, New Jersey, reported last week.
Anthony would be traded to New Jersey with Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Melvin Ely and Renaldo Balkman, while the Nuggets would receive Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, Troy Murphy, Ben Uzoh and four first-round draft picks, the Record said, citing multiple unidentified National Basketball Association sources.
Knicks Make Offer
The Knicks also are trying to lure Anthony, who has said his first choice for a trade would be New York, where he would join Amar’e Stoudemire, the New York Post reported.
New York is seeking its first winning season in a decade. At 28-26, it’s second to the Boston Celtics (40-14) in the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division.
Anthony is averaging 25.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game this season, his eighth since being taken with the third pick in the 2003 NBA draft.
The Nets are 17-40 this season, 12th in the Eastern Conference. They play their home games in Newark, New Jersey, and are scheduled to move in two seasons to a new arena being built in Brooklyn, New York, about three miles from where Anthony was born.
Anthony has averaged 24.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in his seven-year career. The 6-foot-8 forward ranks fourth among active players in career scoring, and has finished among the top eight in scoring in each of the past five seasons.
Anthony went pro after leading Syracuse University to the National Collegiate Athletic Association championship in his only season at the school. He was selected as the NCAA tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
He has led the Nuggets to the playoffs in each of his first seven NBA seasons. In six of those seven years, the team lost in the first round.
Anthony is married to actress and television personality Alani “La La” Vazquez, who also was born in Brooklyn.
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