The Nets won three of their last five, their best five-game stretch since last March. That's one piece of good news, but as Colin Stephenson reports, the team is now likely to get into a waiting game with the Nuggets. Even after Denver renews trade talks, shut down out of respect for a grieving Carmelo Anthony, they may wait to get serious.
The reason: with the return of Kenyon Martin and Chris Andersen, Nuggets management hopes to go on a run that will persuade 'Melo to stay and sign that $65 million extension.
But even without Anthony, the Nets are invigorated by their success, such as it is, and the arrival of Sasha Vujacic, who Avery Johnson credits with a lot of the team's improvement. "I like where we are, post-this trade for Sasha," Johnson said. "I like the energy of our ballclub."
- Nets may have to wait longer to see if Nuggets will trade Carmelo Anthony - Colin Stephenson - Star-Ledger
- Vujacic liftin' the Nets' spirit - Fred Kerber - New York Post
Sasha gives Nets quick energy - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News
Mavs' Melo dreams remain big long shot - Marc Stein - ESPN Dallas