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Kerber: Lopez "Lone Untouchable" in 'Melo Trade Talks

It looks like the Nuggets have put everyone' speculation about Carmelo Anthony on hold, but Fred Kerber reports when and if they begin offering him in earnest, expect the Nets to be in the front of the line...but don't expect Brook Lopez will be offered.

"Whatever the price, it appears Brook Lopez would not be allowed to enter the equation and is the Nets' lone untouchable," writes the Post's Kerber.  That means Devin Harris and Derrick Favors would be on the Nets list.

Problem is no one knows when or indeed if the Nuggets will make the decision to offer him up.  Masai Ujiri, the Nuggets new GM wants to meet with Anthony soon to gauge whether he really wants out.

"They have a new [management] team and the last thing they want to do is trade their best and most popular player," one executive with an opposing team told the Post writer.  Kerber also points that even if Denver decided not to deal him, the Nets are expected to have $20 million in cap space next summer.

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