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Nets Grow Weary Of Carmelo Pursuit

In the long-standing saga surrounding Carmelo Anthony, the Nuggets may have "overplayed their hand" in negotiations with the Nets, according to one executive, and New Jersey's front office is now in the process of "substantively" re-evaluating its pursuit of Anthony.

The Nets have been chasing Anthony for months but according to sources, New Jersey has grown "sick of the whole charade" and have "backed away."

But the Nets have not yet completely pulled out of the hunt to acquire Anthony, who is reportedly reluctant to sign a contract extension in New Jersey.

The Nuggets are expected to opt for a young roster and to try to accumulate draft picks if the team does decide to move Anthony.

Via CBS Sports

Nuggets Inquired On Love During Offseason

George Karl admitted to inquiring about the availability of Kevin Love during the previous offseason.

"We liked him last year when he was kind of inconsistent," Karl said. "We made inquiries on Kevin Love this summer. (But) we didn't think this. We didn't think he'd make the huge step that he's made from last year to this year. This is incredible."

Asked how close the Nuggets were to acquiring Love, Karl said: "I know he was on our radar screen. I know there were inquiries. In some of the meetings we talked, his name was out there. It never got close, I know that."

Via Denver Post

Camby Sits Out With Sprained Ankle

Marcus Camby sat out Portland's loss to Denver on Tuesday night with a sprained right ankle.

He was replaced in the lineup by Dante Cunningham.

Camby was injured with 7:26 left in the third quarter of the Trail Blazers' victory over the Jazz on Monday and did not return.

Via NBA.com

Carmelo To Return On Thursday

Carmelo Anthony is scheduled to return to the Nuggets on Thursday after spending time grieving his sister Michelle’s death.

Michelle passed away last week due to a pre-existing medical condition, and Anthony left the Nuggets immediately to be with his family in Baltimore.

Anthony said he appreciates the outpouring of love and support from his Denver family during this time. He is looking forward to returning to the team and working with his teammates.

The Nuggets had postponed trade discussions involving Anthony during his bereavement absence.

Via NBA.com

Nuggets Unsure Of Anthony's Status

The Nuggets don't know if they'll have Carmelo Anthony for Tuesday night's game against the Trail Blazers.

Anthony has missed Denver's last three games following the death of his sister.

The Nuggets are 0-3 without their All-Star forward.

George Karl said he spoke Monday night with general manager Masai Ujiri, who thought Anthony would fly home later Tuesday.

Via ESPN

Harrington Dislocates Right Thumb

Al Harrington left Denver's loss to Philadelphia on Sunday night with a dislocated right thumb.

He was injured in the second quarter when Thaddeus Young knocked the ball away from him.

Harrington left the court holding his right thumb.

Via ESPN

Nuggets Still Don't Know Anthony's Status

George Karl said Saturday night that he has no update on the status of Carmelo Anthony, who left the team following the death of his sister.

Anthony missed his second straight game on Christmas against Oklahoma City.

Karl says he doesn't expect Anthony to return for a home game Sunday against Philadelphia.

Via NBA.com

Nets Hope To Sell Carmelo On Future By Landing Miller

The Nets are hoping to sell Carmelo Anthony on their future by also acquiring Andre Miller, one of his former teammates.

New Jersey has continued talks with Portland and Denver about the possibility of adding Miller in a multi-team trade that would land them Anthony, according to a league source.

Anthony and Miller were teammates with the Nuggets from 2003-06 and played well together.

While Anthony would like the idea of playing with Miller, sources indicate that New Jersey would have to acquire another quality player for him to serious consider signing a contract extension.

Under one scenario, Denver would receive Derrick Favors, Troy Murphy and two first-round picks. In another, Portland would receive Devin Harris from New Jersey.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Anthony Won't Return Until After Christmas

Carmelo Anthony is expected to return to the team after Christmas following the death of his sister.

Michelle Anthony died of a pre-existing medical condition Tuesday in Baltimore; she is survived by her four children. Carmelo Anthony left the Nuggets on Wednesday to be with his family as they make funeral arrangements.

Via NBA.com

Nuggets Put Anthony Trade Talks On Hold

The Nuggets have decided to put trade talks involving Carmelo Anthony on hold out of respect for the forward, who is grieving the death of his sister, a source has told Ken Berger of CBS Sports.

Denver officials have begun informing teams that they will not be engaging in any further trade discussions, especially with the closeness of the tragedy to the Christmas holiday.

Via Ken Berger/CBS Sports

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Cuban Denies Carmelo Reports

Mark Cuban was furious when he read the CBS Sports report that the Mavericks are trying to acquire Carmelo Anthony.

Carmelo Excused Following Death In Family

Carmelo Anthony won't play against the Spurs on Wednesday night.

Knicks Developing Backup Plans If They Can't Land Anthony

The Knicks might look to Andre Iguodala and Anderson Varejao if they can't land Carmelo Anthony this season.

Dallas Aggressively Looking To Get Anthony

Mark Cuban would love to add Carmelo Anthony to his roster, while stealing him away from the Nets in the process.

Teams Open To 'Renting' Carmelo

A contending team might be willing to trade for Carmelo Anthony without the promise that he'll sign a long-term deal.

Nuggets Want To Evaluate Carmelo With Healthy Supporting Cast

The Nuggets are 16-10 despite a number of injuries this season and they want to see how good they can be when 100%.

Nets, Nuggets Advancing In Carmelo Talks

The Nets and Nuggets are getting closer to a blockbuster deal involving multiple teams and a host of players.

J.R. Smith Will Pass On Dunk Contest

J.R. Smith has participated in two past dunk contests and threw down a vicious slam against the Spurs on Thursday.

Kenyon Martin Could Make Debut Wednesday

Kenyon Martin hasn't played since undergoing offseason knee surgery.

Karl, Miller Receive $25,000 Fines

Denver Nuggets coach George Karl and Portland Trail Blazers guard Andre Miller have both been fined for separate incidents.

Nene Unconcerned With Contract Status

Nene could opt out of his contract and hit the free agent market this coming summer, leaving open the potential that Denver could lose perhaps their two best players.

Ujiri 'Listening Aggressively' To Trade Offers For Carmelo

Denver's general manager acknowledged that he is "listening aggressively" to trade offers for Carmelo Anthony.

Carmelo Insists 'Nothing Is Affecting Me'

Carmelo Anthony took more than a 100 kids to a movie in the Denver area on Wednesday night.

Knicks Reluctant To Part With Fields In Possible Carmelo Deal

The Nuggets like Landry Fields, but the Knicks are reluctant to move him.

Mavs 'Touch Base' With Nuggets On Carmelo's Availability

Dallas is trying to keep themselves in the running for Carmelo Anthony, but they don't appear to be a viable trade partner for Denver.

Billups Expects To Sit Out A Week

Chauncey Billups has a few ligament tears in his wrist that will need time to heal.

Nuggets Dismiss Erroneous Anthony Trade Report

Reports from a Denver-area television station that Carmelo Anthony has been traded to the Nets have been categorically denied by the Nuggets.

Roundup Of Latest Chatter Surrounding Melo

Carmelo Anthony is the subject of renewed discussion in the media.

Bulls, Nuggets Discussing Trade For J.R. Smith

J.R. Smith is being mentioned in trade talks with Chicago.

Nets To Acquire Two First-Round Picks In Three-Team Trade

The Nets have agreed to a trade with the Lakers and Rockets, acquiring two first-round picks that could help them in a deal for Carmelo Anthony.

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