Nets drop Carmelo Anthony deal

Updated: January 20, 2011, 3:39 PM ET
By Chris Sheridan | ESPN.com

NEWARK, N.J. -- The New Jersey Nets have pulled out of the Melo-drama.

Russian owner Mikhail Prokhorov delivered the bombshell to the media on Wednesday night as he made his opening statement after traveling to the United States for what he thought would be a chance to finish the deal to bring Carmelo Anthony to the Nets from the Denver Nuggets.

"I'm not happy with the way ... this deal has gone until now," Prokhorov said. "It has taken too long. It has been played out ...

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