LOS ANGELES – Anyone thinking there would be a resolution in the Carmelo Anthony saga during All-Star Weekend obviously hasn’t paid attention to the last six months of this drama.
We are, however, inching closer to Thursday’s trade deadline. And that in turn means that the stakes have been raised for all involved — Anthony, the Nuggets, Knicks, Nets and anyone else interesting in entering these sweepstakes.
Mostly there are mixed signals about Anthony’s ultimate destination. Anthony hasn’t tipped his hand either way while facing a daily barrage of questions about his plans here during All-Star Weekend.
The Knicks reportedly have offered Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler in exchange for Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams and Anthony Carter. But they’re done toying around with that package and will go no further, according reports out of New York.
Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov met with Anthony Saturday and spoke with CNBC’s Darren Rovell Sunday in an exclusive interview and made clear his intentions to either bring Anthony to New Jersey or make the Knicks pay dearly to do so.
“I think we made a very good tactical decision to force (the) Knicks to pay as much as they can,” Prokhorov said. “So it’s very good, it’s very interesting, it’s very competitive.”
It’s also going to continue to be the hottest topic in the league until Anthony makes a decision or until the trade deadline passes, whichever comes first.
One thing is clear, though, Anthony has not shut the door on any of his options yet. Why else would Prokhorov meet with him after making it clear that he would not?