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Prokhorov said the Nets received permission from Denver to talk with Anthony on Monday night, but he never spoke to the All-Star forward.

“Maybe he sent me an e-mail but I never use computer, that’s why, maybe, I missed it or maybe carrier pigeon got lost,” Prokhorov said.

Since Prokhorov took over the team last year, the Nets have tried but failed to land a superstar.

Prokhorov personally led the Nets‘ delegation in free agency talks with LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade in July, and he said the decision to pursue Anthony since the start of training camp was purely based on basketball.

However, Prokhorov showed he didn’t make billions waiting for other people to make decisions. When he got fed up, he said enough.

“I am not ready to overpay,” Prokhorov said. “As soon as you make a mistake, you can wait for the next chance for the next five or six years. That’s why I prefer to be really patient.”

Prokhorov even showed a touch of sarcasm when asked if King tried to talk him out of the decision.

“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 perhaps 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.”

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