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How'd we get here? A Carmelo Anthony trade timeline

By NBA.com staff & wire reports
Posted Jan 10 2011 3:46PM - Updated Feb 22 2011 6:44AM

April 30, 2010 -- Nuggets lose 112-104 in Game 6 of the Western Conference first round to Jazz, sealing Denver's first-round exit. Anthony, who averaged 30.7 ppg in the series against the Jazz, scores 20 points on 6-for-22 shooting and is frustrated by Utah's defense. It also marks the sixth time in seven playoff appearances with Anthony that Denver loses in the first round of the playoffs.

Jun. 24, 2010 -- The Associated Press reports Anthony is offered a three-year, $65 million extension from the Nuggets. Citing a report from Yahoo! Sports, the AP says Anthony is mulling the contract.

July 8, 2010 -- LeBron James announces he will sign with the Miami Heat, forming an All-Star triumvirate with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. With the three of them signed, Anthony immediately becomes the biggest potential prize for teams with money to spend that missed out on the 2010 free agent sweepstakes.

July 12, 2010 -- At the reception for Anthony's wedding to La La Vazquez, Hornets guard Chris Paul allegedly toasts to forming a future alliance with 'Melo in New York City. According to reports, Paul raised a glass to a future union with Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire, saying "We'll form our own Big 3" with the Knicks.

July 14, 2010 -- Denver signs free agent forward Al Harrington to a contract, marking Denver's lone significant free-agent addition of the summer.

Aug. 11, 2010 -- New Jersey, as part of a four-team deal that includes New Orleans, Indiana and Houston, trades Courtney Lee to Houston and acquires Troy Murphy from Indiana. The move is made, in part, to give the Nets a palatable trading piece to offer other teams as they try to pursue Anthony.

Aug. 13, 2010 -- Anthony, attending a basketball clinic put on by Michael Jordan at Rucker Park in Harlem, deflects questions about his future and rumors of he and Paul one day teaming up in the NBA. "Today we came here to do the breakfast club," Anthony said. "That was our main goal today: Come out here in the morning, hang with the kids. Donate some checks. Me and C.P. hooked up here this weekend, and we came here to do this breakfast club, so that's your answer."

Aug. 15, 2010 -- During his annual basketball camp at ThunderRidge High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo., Anthony says he's undecided on the contract extension. "I'm just taking my time, figuring out if I want to take that extension or not."

Aug. 27, 2010 -- The Nuggets appoint former international scout Masai Ujiri as the team's new executive vice president of basketball operations, who tells The Associated Press that keeping Anthony in a Denver uniform is job No. 1. "I think that Melo maybe sometimes he goes through this in his mind and says, `Should I stay? Should I go?' That's natural with somebody of his caliber and obviously sometimes he'll have his frustrations,'' Ujiri said. "But we love Melo. The city loves Melo. The players, the coaches.''

Sept. 15, 2010 -- Nuggets coach George Karl says his job is to try and convince Anthony to stay put in Denver. "My job, any time I talk to Melo or talk to his people, is to try to convince him that we won 53 games last year and we're very capable of being a lot better than we were last year," Karl said. "Some of the bombs that hit our team injury-wise and my situation, we kind of need to stay together, in my opinion."

Sept. 24, 2010 -- Just days before Denver is set to open training camp, Yahoo! Sports and ESPN.com report Denver is working on a four-team deal which would send Anthony to New Jersey. The deal, which also included the Jazz, Bobcats and Warriors, would ship -- among others -- Andrei Kirilenko and Derrick Favors to Denver, D.J. Augustin to New Jersey and Devin Harris to Charlotte.

Sept. 27, 2010 -- After a summer of speculation about his future, Video Anthony addresses the trade rumors at Denver's media day, saying: "I'm here man, I'm here today. Whatever the future holds, it holds. Like Masai [Ujuri] said, I'm not going to discuss what me and him talked about. It was a good conversation -- actually, it was a great conversation -- practice starts tomorrow and we go from there."

Sept. 28, 2010 -- Anthony attends the Nuggets' first practice of training camp, but remains mum on his contract extension and his future plans.

Sept. 28, 2010 -- Just four days after it was proposed and rumored, the four-team mega deal that would have sent Anthony to the Nets for a handful of players is ruled 'dead' by an Associated Press source.

Oct. 19, 2010 -- A source tells TNT analyst David Aldridge that an ESPN.com report stating the Knicks had made "significant" progress on trying to land Anthony had "no legs."

Oct. 26, 2010 -- In Video a preseason interview with NBA TV, Anthony says about Denver: "My feelings are still the same about this team. This is my team. Despite all the rumors and talk that's been going on this offseason, at the end of the day, I'm suiting up tomorrow night against the Utah Jazz in a Denver Nuggets' uniform."

Oct. 29, 2010 -- Anthony says comments he made about keeping his options open before signing an extension with Denver have been misinterpreted by fans.

Nov. 19, 2010 -- Vazquez, Anthony's wife, insists she is not the driving force behind speculation that her husband will end up in New York and says she would be happy anywhere Anthony wants to play. "Wherever he's going to feel comfortable is where I want him to be," she said. "If that's here in Denver, then we are happy to stay here in Denver."

Dec. 12, 2010 -- After a the Nuggets' 129-125 loss to the Knicks, Anthony says the contract extension is most important to him, especially with a labor dispute and potential lockout looming on the horizon. "Whatever decision that I make, that's going to be the first thing that gets done," Anthony said. ESPN.com reported later that afternoon that Anthony would only accept a long-term extension if it came with a trade to the Knicks.

Jan. 8, 2011 -- Nuggets point guard Chauncey Billups says he's ignored speculation that he would be included in a future mega-trade for Anthony and is instead simply worrying about his play. "My grandma taught me that a long, long time ago," Billups said. "I can't control it, I control this (basketball) the best I can. I kind of worry about that. It (speculation) really has no bearing on what I do out here."

Jan. 9, 2011 -- TNT analyst David Aldridge reports a blockbuster three-team deal involving as many as 15 players, including Chauncey Billups and Detroit's Richard Hamilton, is close to being consummated. Once again, discussions with the Nets included New Jersey's desire to sign Anthony to an extension before executing the deal.

Jan. 15, 2011 -- Carmelo says that winning a title is more important to him than money. "I'm going into my ninth season. I have no time to waste right now," Anthony said. "I want to see the light at the end of the tunnel in my future. That light is a championship."

Jan. 16, 2011 -- TNT analyst David Aldridge reports that the Nuggets have give the New Jersey Nets permission to talk to Carmelo Anthony about a potential extension should the team execute a trade for him. Once again, it is believed the Nets won't make the deal without agreement on an extension.

Jan. 19, 2011 -- In a news conference to celebrate Russian Heritage night, Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov says his team will no longer pursue a trade to acquire Carmelo Anthony. "It has taken too long, " said Prokhorov. "It has been played out in public. And I'm certain it has taken a toll on the players. And I believe it has cost us several games."

Jan. 21, 2011 -- Lakers star Kobe Bryant calls Denver fans "idiots" for booing Carmelo Anthony during his 35-point night against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Jan. 19. "I said they were idiots for booing," Bryant recounted. Reminded that a day earlier he had characterized those frustrated fans as "stupid" for booing their own superstar, Bryant replied, "Stupid and idiots are synonymous."

Jan. 31, 2011 -- Roughly 12 days after the Nets ended their pursuit of Carmelo Anthony, the All-Star says the pending status of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement is somewhat playing into his thought process. "The CBA is in the back of my mind, but as far as being afraid to play this out, I'm not," Anthony said. "If that's what it's going to take, then so be it. I'm with that."

Feb. 16, 2011 -- With All-Star Weekend drawing near, Carmelo Anthony says it's difficult for him to do anything without hearing about trade rumors. But, he also knows a resolution to his situation may be at hand soon. "I know something will have to happen whether I sign the extension or whether the Nuggets move me or whatever," Anthony said. "Something is going to happen, so I try not to stress myself out about it."

Feb. 17, 2011 -- Reports surface that Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov had not changed his mind about pursuing 'Melo, after saying before that there was no chance the talks would be resurrected.

Feb. 18, 2011 -- Anthony denies any planned meeting between himself and and Prokhorov. He also says no matter where he ends up, he wants it to be a long-term situation. "I really don't want to have to be a rental. I don't feel like I'm a rental player," he said. "I don't want to go somewhere and be a rental for two months and then have to deal with this all over again. I don't want to have to do that."

Feb. 19, 2011 -- A day after denying any meet-up with Prokhorov, 'Melo met up with the Nets' owner on Saturday during All-Star Weekend, TNT analyst David Aldridge confirms.

Feb. 20, 2011 -- After meeting with Mikhail Prokhorov in Los Angeles, the Nets owner tells CNBC he and Carmelo Anthony had a "fantastic" meeting. The Knicks -- who are also still in the mix -- issue a statement saying they are unified in their pursuit of Anthony, despite speculation that negotiations had been taken out of team president Donnie Walsh's hands by owner James Dolan.

Feb. 20, 2011 -- According to TNT analyst David Aldridge, the Knicks put together their "final offer" for Carmelo Anthony. The Nuggets' brass were still weighing the Knicks' offer and the Nets' offer and were not necessarily convinced this was New York's final offer.

Feb. 21, 2011 -- Sources close with the trade talks say that the Nets "remain confident" they can acquire Carmelo Anthony. Meanwhile, 'Melo was excused from practice to tape a segment on "Conan."

Feb. 21, 2011 -- TNT analyst David Aldridge confims a Denver Post report of Camelo Anthony being traded to the New York Knicks in a blockbuster deal. According to the Post, the Knicks would send Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov and a 2014 first-round draft pick to the Nuggets, who would get additional picks and cash. Along with Anthony, New York would acquire Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman.

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