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“I am not sure that Billy King knows,” he said with a wry smile.

King, who was hired to replace Rod Thorn in the offseason, said the Nets and Nuggets never reached an agreement at any time during the negotiations.

“I am not disappointed at all,” King said. “It’s been a long process. In all my years, 16 years in the NBA, I have never seen anything like this.”

King said he came close to calling off the deal himself during the talks.

“There were times in my mind I wrestled with the same idea, because you get to a point where you say enough is enough,” said King, who said he was frustrated by “everything” in the talks.

The coverage of the proposed trade has dominated league news for weeks, with many wondering whether the three-team trade would ever get done, or whether Anthony would agree to sign a three-year, $65 million contract extension that was a must for New Jersey to make the deal.

What has made the situation so interesting is the deal involved eight players on the Nets and up to 15 players on the three teams.

“I think every player on our roster was mentioned in some way expect Brook (Lopez),” King said. “There comes a point in time where they have to focus. It is their job, but they have families and they read or hear things that may or may not be true and that’s what I care about.”

King planned to talk to the players on Thursday about moving forward, saying the situation took a toll on the team.

The proposed deal had New Jersey sending point guard Devin Harris, rookie power forward Derrick Favors, the third draft pick overall, guards Anthony Morrow, Quinton Ross and Ben Uzoh, swingman Stephen Graham and at least two first-round draft picks to Denver.

Besides Anthony and Billups, the Nuggets would’ve sent Shelden Williams and Terrico White, who is injured, to the Nets. The Pistons would’ve received veteran Troy Murphy and center Johan Petro for Hamilton. Murphy has a $12 million contract that will expire after this season.

King said Murphy has asked to be traded and will be allowed to stay home until a deal is finalized.

King called the seemingly never-ending talks on a Melo deal a perfect storm, with the Nuggets and Nets both dealing with new ownerships and managements.

“There is no blame for anyone,” he said. “We all worked hard to get a deal done, we just couldn’t get one.”

King added Nets will now move on.

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