- Associated Press - Saturday, February 19, 2011

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The New York Daily News is reporting that New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is meeting with Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony in Los Angeles.

The newspaper also said in a story on its website that minority owner Jay-Z was involved in the meeting.

A spokeswoman for the Russian billionaire released an update earlier Saturday saying that Prokhorov had not met with Anthony and has no plans to meet with the All-Star forward.

The Nets and Nuggets recently renewed trade talks for Anthony for the third time this season. Anthony can became a free agent after this season.


THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has no plans to meet with Carmelo Anthony during the All-Star weekend in Los Angeles.

A spokeswoman for the Russian billionaire released an update Saturday saying that Prokhorov had not met with Anthony and has no plans to meet with the Denver Nuggets star.

“I told you that first,” Anthony said after practice at the Los Angeles Convention Center. “I told you that first.”

The announcement by Ellen Pinchuk casts doubt on whether the Nets will make a deal for Anthony with Thursday’s NBA trading deadline fast approaching.

The Nets and Nuggets recently renewed trade talks for Anthony for the third time this season. However, Anthony, who can became a free agent after this season, insisted twice Friday that no meeting was planned with Prokhorov.

Pinchuk backed that up Saturday.

“Just to update you, Mikhail has not met with and has no plans to meet with Carmelo Anthony,” she said. “He is looking forward to enjoying All Star Weekend. We will have nothing else to add on this …”

Anthony wasn’t sure why Prokhorov wouldn’t seek a meeting, saying that maybe the owner was as tired as he was of the daily speculation. But Anthony said he would have agreed to sit down with him.

“Yeah, I would have broke bread with him, drunk some water with him,” Anthony said.

Anthony wouldn’t answer when asked about a New York Daily News report that he met with Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan on Thursday.

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