Some people may think the Nets are harboring thoughts of a last minute, last ditch effort to land Carmelo Anthony. To those people, Billy King says stop.
"We’re done, we’re moving on," King told Evan Roberts and Joe Benigno on WFAN.
Chad Ford isn't buying it, believing that the Nuggets will likely come back to the Nets when they realize they can't get a better deal. And if they do, the Nets will be in a position of power, thanks to Prokhorov's strategic maneuver of stepping away from the bargaining table.
King, meanwhile, lauded the professionalism of his players, almost all of whom had been mentioned in some rumor or another.
"They’re still human beings, and that part I regret. I’m going to meet with them before practice and tell them that, and I’m going to tell them ‘thank you,’ because I think through all of this they’ve been the most professional."
He also seemed to signal a change in strategy, from going after the established star to building through the draft. Citing the Nets' youth, he said, "If you look at some teams and how they’ve been built through the draft, that’s how they’ve done it. Then they’ve added a player when they need be. You’ve got to get lucky in the draft but also you’ve got to add talent and sometimes young talent is the best way to go.”
- Billy King On WFAN: 'We're Done' With Carmelo - Evan Roberts & Joe Benigno - WFAN
- Mikhail Prokhorov Says Carmelo Anthony Deal Is Now Buried With Jimmy Hoffa - Chris Fedor - Sports Radio Interviews
Nets’ GM: We’re moving on, keeping flexibility for new CBA - Kurt Helin - NBC Sports
- Despite Carmelo Failure, Nets Believe They Can Still Land A Superstar - Kelly Dwyer - Yahoo! Sports
Post Melo Period Begins With Apology From Nets GM - Tom Canavan - AP
- Nets Try to Turn the Page - Al Iannazzone - In the 'Zzone
- Inside the Prokhorov Press Conference - Al Iannazzone - In the 'Zzone
- Nets GM apologizes to team for trade rumors - Brian Lewis - New York Post Nets Blog
- Post Melo period begins with apology from Nets GM - Tom Canavan - AP
Carmelo Anthony could still land with New Jersey Nets - Chad Ford - ESPN Insider