- Associated Press - Monday, January 31, 2011

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The New Jersey Nets are apparently in Carmelo Anthony’s past.

As for the future, is it New York? Denver? Another team?

“I don’t know. I really don’t know,” Anthony said Monday night.

What he can say is that he was willing to meet with the Nets management about a deal. He still won’t reveal whether he would have agreed to actually play for them.

“I would take that meeting. As far as anything else, I really can’t speak on that,” Anthony said.

Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov pulled his team out of trade discussions with the Denver Nuggets before it ever got to that point. Though he said it was because he was unhappy with the way the talks had gone, there were reports it was because the Nets knew Anthony would have refused to sign a long-term extension that would have been a prerequisite for New Jersey to go through with the deal.

“I really don’t know where that came from, as far as if I was to come here the extension wasn’t going to be signed. I really don’t know who started that,” Anthony said. “There’s a lot of things that are being said out there that I don’t know where they came from. Sources, I guess. As far as the extension, if that trade were to go through, who knows what would’ve happened. I can’t really answer that.”

So for now Anthony remains with the Nuggets, who lost 115-99 to the Nets in their first meeting since trade talks collapsed for the second time this season.

Anthony said he doesn’t know how much longer he’ll be with the Nuggets _ or even if he’ll ever leave. But he said he hasn’t spoken recently with general manager Masai Ujiri and team president Josh Kroenke, who have to decide if they want to move their superstar before the Feb. 24 trade deadline or deal with this situation straight into the offseason.

“When something starts brewing, or something starts going on, then I’m pretty sure Masai and Josh will come to me and let me know what’s going on,” Anthony said.

Before the game, coach George Karl said he still believes he might be coaching Anthony all season.

“I’ve always felt from the very beginning of the season that the chance of that happening was greater than all you all thought,” Karl said. “I just felt that way from the first day of training camp, from September, I’ve always felt that way.”

Asked his basis for that belief, Karl said: “Just my experiences in the NBA. Just making a big trade in the middle of the season is not an easy thing to do.”

The Nuggets and Nets have tried twice, but both multi-team deals fell apart. It was after the most recent one, which also would have involved the Detroit Pistons, that Prokhorov instructed his management to call off their pursuit of the All-Star forward.

New Jersey had been willing to offer an attractive package to the Nuggets, including No. 3 overall pick Derrick Favors, point guard Devin Harris and multiple first-round draft picks. Denver may not find another offer that good and instead may opt to just hold onto Anthony, who would then have to decide if he wanted to risk free agency next summer when a new collective bargaining agreement could cost him millions.

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