The Nets have been the front runners this whole time just unable to put a package together that Denver would feel good enough with. Well after this past Friday and even more last night, it seems Denver has found what it's looking for and Carmelo is on his way to New Jersey along with other valuable assets. Here's what the proposed deal look likes.
Nets get: Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Rip Hamilton, Sheldon Williams, Anthony Carter & Terrico White.
Denver get: 2 first round picks, Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, & Anthony Morrow
Detroit get: Troy Murphy & Johan Petro.
Denver now wants NJ to take Al Harrington as well but the Nets right now are reluctant to do so. Hey NJ, if you don't Denver will pull the plug and you'll be at square one. Losing with no fan base.
The Nets need to take his contract and look to pair it with other players before the deadline and make a deal. NJ can't let this deal get away from them. Anthony has said he wanted Rip to join him in NJ and having Billups not only adds chemistry for Anthony but Rip as well since they were teammates back in the Piston days.
For the Nets this is the perfect scenario. You get to keep 3 or 4 first round picks and you get Melo and look to add other All-Stars. All reports are that Chris Paul, currently with the Hornets, would play where ever Anthony went.
The Nets have to play smart here. Take whatever you have to take and make due with it. In the long run, when they move to Brooklyn, they will have a nice team that could feature Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and maybe even, Dwight Howard.
The deal could be done in the next 48 hours sources say. Follow me on twitter @TimmyD_WSJU for all the latest news
Oh & go Cam Newton!