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Spears: Nets Confident 'Melo Will Sign Extension With Them

It doesn't appear that any deal for Carmelo Anthony is near.  Most pundits think it will be another seven weeks before the 'Melo Drama ends, either just before or at the trade deadline.  That hasn't stopped any of them (all of them?) from writing what they think will happen once the desk settles and at some point, it has to. No?

Marc J. Spears writes Friday afternoon that the Nets "have grown more and more optimistic that Anthony will eventually wear their jersey" and he adds that "the Nets wouldn’t still be engaged in trade talks with the Nuggets if they didn’t believe they could keep Anthony past this season."

As for the details of a deal, don't focus on the latest ESPN report of a three-team deal involving the Cavs.  The range is much broader, Spears points out. Beyond the previously reported Cavaliers, Pistons and Trailblazers scenarios, the Nets have also tried to engage the Timberwolves. And he notes, as does Al Iannazzone, there is still the possibility of a two-team deal that sends Troy Murphy, Derrick Favors and three picks to Denver.