Nets pursuing Anthony hard

The New Jersey Nets spent all day Wednesday trying to put together a multi-team deal for Carmelo Anthony. The reported deal of Troy Murphy, Kris Humphries, Derrick Favors and a draft pick is not going to happen, so the Nets have been searching for a third and possibly fourth team to get involved.

Denver wants Brook Lopez, but he is the one untouchable on New Jersey's roster, largely because the Nets know Anthony would not re-sign with them if Lopez is gone. Even with Lopez, Anthony may not sign an extension with the Nets, especially if Devin Harris is moved in the trade.

It's true that New York and Chicago are Anthony's preferred destinations and the only clubs he would definitely re-sign with. New Jersey, however, believes Anthony will re-sign with it as well, which may be wishful thinking.

New York's efforts to get a third team involved to sweeten its offer of Eddy Curry and either Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari or Anthony Randolph with a draft pick have been futile, so the Knicks are currently on the outside looking in. And Chicago's not budging from its stance of not including Noah in a deal for Anthony.

Anthony's agent, Leon Rose, is pushing the Nuggets hard to move Anthony before training camp begins next week. Sources say Denver has been a bit unrealistic in its trade demands and may want to go to Anthony's reps with a "Hey-we-tried" story when camp begins.

Denver has been trying to pawn off some of its bad contracts in any deal for Anthony.

Houston is in the mix, but like New Jersey, it has no guarantee that Anthony will agree to stay there long-term.