Nets still holding out hope for Melo

The Nets are not out of the picture yet for Carmelo Anthony. ESPN's Marc Stein, who's been all over the trade talks, tweeted today, "We've seen it many times before: Any time trade gets that far down the line, trade can be revived because so much of framework was in place." Not to mention, the Nuggets must sense that the preseason exposes Anthony's services until the season actually starts, so they'll be willing to answer any calls from the Nets. Now that the proposed four-team trade between the Nets, Nuggets, Jazz and Bobcats is dead, New York Daily News writer Mike Lupica has already written a trade eulogy. But the Nets have a new pursuit: to find another team interested in acquiring J.R. Smith and Kenyon Martin to provide more cap relief for the Nuggets (CBSSports.com). The Nuggets realize that by giving up Anthony, they'll have to rebuild with younger and less expensive players, being mindful that the salary cap could drop even lower next summer. Don't be surprised to also see Chauncey Billups on his way out, if an Anthony deal is finalized.

Nets notes:

  • Just a day after Avery Johnson said back-up four Kris Humphries was playing well enough to be considered for starter minutes during the season, the guy in front of him, Troy Murphy, is now sidelined with a light groin strain (The Star-Ledger). He will sit out the next couple of days, while being monitored by the team's trainer. Also day-to-day are rookie center Brian Zoubek and swingman Quinton Ross.

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