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Pressure on Prokhorov As Nets and Nuggets Agree to Deal...But 'Melo Says Meeting Is "News to Me"

With an agreement reportedly in place between the Nets and Nuggets--Fred Kerber calls it a "settled deal", Al Iannazzone calls it "a tentative agreement"--a conclusion to the Melo Drama now rests on Carmelo Anthony's yay or nyet. Problem is that while various reports have Mikhail Prokhorov meeting Anthony this weekend in Los Angeles, 'Melo claimed Friday he knows nothing about it.  He told writers there's "no meeting at all'' scheduled with the Nets and any reported meeting is "news to me."

Anthony added: "If I was to meet with that guy (Prokhorov) to be honest I really don't know what I would say." Later Friday, the object of the Nets' affection told writers that he would be "happy" to meet with any team who Denver nominated and added that he would think "deeply" about signing an extension with the Nets.

As has also been widely reported, the Nets' offer to the Nuggets has them sending Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, Troy Murphy and Ben Uzoh, plus four first round draft picks, to the Nuggets for Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Renaldo Balkman and Melvin Ely

Although it's well known the Nuggets have given the Prokhorov permission to talk with Melo, the Daily News is reporting that Knick owner Jame Dolan has gotten Denver's nod as well.  The Knicks' offer is seen as inferior to the Nets.

No matter what, expect the Melo Drama, which has already impinged on training camps, preseason and regular season to now overshadow the All-Star game.