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Why I still think Melo will be a Net

As I write this, a full moon has appeared, so maybe a sign? Anyhow, rather than giving you all the details that have already been said, i'll tell you why I think Melo will still be here by saying what's at stake for all parties involved.

Mikhail Prokhorov: By saying what he said, he took all of the pressure off of himself, the front office, and the team. He may not have the most knowledge about basketball, but he is a savvy business man, and he knows the Nuggets will come back asking for another chance to do the deal, but now they won't be making such outrageous demands. It was reported that he wanted Melo at any cost, so he won't let anything get in the way the second time around. Does anyone really believe him when he says he doesn't care if Melo is a Knick? I don't. Its nice to have draft picks, and young talent, but stars win championships, and he knows this. With a do-over, expect his attitude about this to completely different once negotiations get going again, even if they are private.

Billy King. He's probably in the easiest position, since he takes the phone call, and keeps Prokhorov informed of the how and what of the deal. There's no pressure on him simply because he is new here, and no one is blaming him for negotiations stalling. He knows he'll be in a powerful position once Masai Ujiri rings the phone again, and, working the deal on his terms, he'll show us how the early part of what hopefully a long and successful tenure as Nets GM will be like.

Leon Rose and World Wide Wes. Sure, they represent a lot of big time clients, but Leon and Wes know bringing Melo here not only benefits them now, but if Melo is successful here, will really set them up for the future with the ability to bring other big-time clients to one of the most dynamic markets in the NBA. One of them said they wanted in Prokhorov's inner circle, and don't think they'll give that up easily. I have to see proof before I believe Wes was talking to the Bulls. Agents can be influential, so expect Leon and Wes to pressure Ujiri into making this deal once they know talks have restarted.

The Nuggets front office. Let's be honest: They haven't come off well, no matter what anyone says. You would think they'd be smart enough to know that they can't let Melo walk for nothing, like the Cavaliers did with Bron, so when Ujiri goes looking for a deal, finds nothing close to what the Nets are giving him, he'll be calling back, willing to not a lesser deal, but a deal that makes sense for all parties involved. I think he knows he made too many demands, and that this might happen, but he also knows that he can call back to reengage in talks, so he gets what he needs, keeps the fans happy, and saves some major face with his bosses.

Melo. Obviously, he's been the most talked about of the whole deal, from his desire to play here to his willingness to sign an extension once traded here. Bottom line is that he knows he can be the man in Brooklyn for many years to come, and don't think he doesn't know this. Don't think he isn't also keeping an eye on how the Nuggets are handling this until the Nets and Nuggets reopen talks. Leon and Wes will probably work on him as well. Melo knows having money, being the man, and not looking nearly as bad as Bron did are the most important things in this whole process, and while he plays for a disenchanted franchise that has done damage so irrepairable that they can't bring him back, expect him to tell Leon and Wes to do what they have to to get this done.

In closing, my feeling is that we have a month to the  trade deadline, so no one is in a rush to get this done. In fact, the longer the Nuggets wait, the better the draft picks become. All in all, I think the Nuggets reach out to reenter talks, King tells them that this is what he feels is reasonable, the two sides come to a compromise, and everyone gets what they want: We get Melo, the Nuggets get the pieces they need for the future, and the Pistons get salary cap relief. Everyone wins, no one looks bad, and in the end, all parties get what they want.

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