It will be a day or two before the Nets new framework will be unveiled. Of all the scenarios being discussed, some look more likely than others. But in the final balance, the Nets and their owner lost out again on the big scenario, grabbing a superstar, just as they did this summer with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Rudy Gay and Carlos Boozer.
It will be hard to recover...again, and with only days left to deal, the Nets are unlikely to get a good deal on two players who should have value, but in the final analysis, don't.
The Devin Harris scenarios are all uncertain at best. Looking less likely was the most promising: a three team deal sending the Nets captain to Dallas, two Nets first rounders to Denver; and two former Knicks, Timofey Mozgov and Raymond Felton, plus a Dallas first rounder to the Nets. Denver GM Masai Ujiri says it's not happening although the Nets will push him. ESPN calls it a "long shot". There's also a proposal that would send Harris to Atlanta and Jamal Crawford to New Jersey and then one that would package Harris and Troy Murphy to Portland for Andre Miller, Joel Przybilla and possibly Rudy Fernandez or a first round pick. Murphy might also be sent back to Golden State, along with a second rounder, for Brandan Wright and Dan Gadzuric, a thoroughly underwhelming deal.
What do the Nets still have at the end of the day --until they use their picks-- that they wouldn't have had if the ' Melo Drama had ended well...or earlier? Derrick Favors, who they still like but admit they're not completely sold on; five first rounders and four second rounders in the next three drafts, including five total in 2012, supposedly a great draft; Anthony Morrow, Jordan Farmar, Kris Humphries, Damion James, and Ben Uzoh, all trade pieces in one scenario or another.
Is any of that enough to get things moving in the right direction? Not yet. It's a long road back from 12-70.
- Shunned by 'Melo, Nets also lose out on ex-Knicks - Fred Kerber - New York Post
Dolan feared losing turf war to Prokhorov - Peter Vecsey - New York Post
- Nets seek other options after whiffing on both LeBron and Carmelo - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News
- Mikhail Prokhorov is all talk, no action, lets Carmelo Anthony slip through Nets' fingers to Knicks - Mitch Lawrence - New York Daily News
With Anthony a Knick, Nets turn focus to dealing Devin Harris - Al Iannazzone - The Record
- Russian’s tactics backfire - Tara Sullivan - The Record
Nets Left Scrambling After Carmelo Whiff No. 3 - Tom Canavan - AP
As Nets miss out on Carmelo Anthony, owner Mikhail Prokhorov left standing by - Mike Vorkunov - New Jersey Newsroom
- Knicks trade for Carmelo Anthony, edging out Nets and ending saga - Colin Stephenson - Star-Ledger
As Nets miss out on Carmelo Anthony, owner Mikhail Prokhorov left standing by - Chris Mannix - Sports Illustrated
- Atlanta Hawks: Point guard search includes Devin Harris - Michael Cunningham - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
- Trail Blazers and New Jersey talk trade involving Andre Miller and Joel Przybilla for Devin Harris and Troy Murphy - Jason Quick - The Oregonian
- Nets turn trade focus to Trail Blazers - John Canzano - The Oregonian
Nuggets pleased with new players, but team might not be done making deals - Benjamin Hochman - Denver Post
- Chances of Devin Harris back in Dallas? - Jeff Caplan - ESPN Dallas
How The New Jersey Nets Won The Carmelo Anthony Trade - Dashiell Bennett - Business Insider