Melo on Nets' interest: 'Everything has died down'

January, 30, 2011
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Denver Nuggets superstar Carmelo Anthony has spoken.

In an interview with the New York Daily News on Saturday in Philadelphia, Anthony said he doesn’t know if the Nets will revive their pursuit of him.

He also wouldn’t commit to taking a meeting with the Nets -- even if they attempt to arrange another one.

Anthony, who will be in New Jersey on Monday to face the Nets, said he was looking forward to meeting owner Mikhail Prohkorov and Jay-Z, who would’ve attempted to convince the three-time all-star to sign a 3-year, $65 million extension.

But Prohkorov nixed the meeting on Jan. 19, killing the three-team, multi-player trade that would’ve sent Anthony to New Jersey in exchange for a package of players an first-round draft picks.

"I really don't know what is their mind-set. I really don't know if they can come back, if they're willing to come back and say, 'Let's have a meeting,' or they're still interested," Anthony told the newspaper. "Everything has died down."

Anthony said he thinks the Nets are out of the running for his services and done with the Melo Drama.

"I think the meeting would have been important just to sit down. That was just a step, knowing that those guys weren't even in the picture early on," Anthony said. "So for those guys to come and for me to be able and willing to sit and hear what they have to say and see what they were trying to do, I think that was a step."

Anthony echoed the sentiments of Dallas Mavericks point guard and former Net Jason Kidd when asked about the intrigue of playing in Brooklyn. The team is expected to move there in 2012-13.

Kidd said that it was "tough to believe it, because he couldn’t see [Barclays Center]."

"Everybody knows what that could be in the next couple years," Anthony said. "I don't really know how far along or where that situation is at as far as the building or when they're moving or anything like that."
The New York Knicks are expected to make a run at Anthony, who will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. The trading deadline is Feb. 24.

Still, Anthony, who is averaging 23.9 points and 8.0 rebounds per game for the Nuggets (28-18) wouldn’t disclose what the future holds for him.

"My decision on whether to stay or whether to leave is based on a lot of things," he said. "A lot of things come into consideration. That's my own things and thoughts that go through my head and things that I talk about with the team, with the front office, with my team. That's stuff that I pretty much keep in house with my rhyme and reason and the method to all the madness."

Mike Mazzeo

ESPN New York Writer

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