Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
DENVER — A person with knowledge of the discussions says a four-way deal that would have sent Nuggets All-Star Carmelo Anthony to New Jersey is “dead.”
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly about the trade.
Anthony took the court with his Nuggets teammates on the first day of training camp Tuesday. But his days in Denver could very well be numbered with the trade rumors swirling.
The four-team deal that collapsed also would have included Charlotte and Utah, but Denver still could listen to offers for Anthony.
Anthony said after practice the basketball court is his “safe haven,” a place where he doesn’t have to “deal with all the other stuff.”
In Greenburgh, N.Y., Anthony’s close friend Amar’e Stoudemire was informed that the Knicks could still potentially land Anthony via trade or as a free agent next summer.
“That would be great,” Stoudemire said Tuesday, according to Newsday’s Barbara Barker. “But right now we have to focus on what we have here.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.