Mikhail Prokhorov's Gulfstream V touched down at Los Angeles International Airport shortly after 7 a.m. ET Saturday as rumors swirl that his rival, James Dolan, is close to trading for Carmelo Anthony, pulling the plug on the Nets' six-month long pursuit of the Nuggets' star small forward.
Prokhorov departed Keflavik in Iceland a little before 10:30 p.m. ET Friday after arriving from Moscow. He joins a Nets entourage that already includes Billy King, Jay-Z, Brett Yormark and Leo Ehrline, the team's EVP and chief administrative officer.
If he intends to woo Anthony while in L.A., Prokhorov faces a daunting task. Although the Nets and Nuggets have a deal, the team must convince 'Melo to join New Jersey.
After a reported meeting between Anthony and Dolan Thursday night, reports surfaced that the Knicks had upped their offer to the Nuggets, agreeing to send Landry Fields or Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton,Wilson Chandler, a first round pick and Eddy Curry's expiring contract . That may be enough to satisfy both Denver and Anthony. Anthony also told reporters Friday night that "no meetings are going to be taking place this weekend."
On the other hand, Adrian Wojnarowski tweets that the Nets see the the process as a "win-win". Even if they don't emerge with Anthony, they force the Knicks to pay a higher price. But is that "win-win" or "spin-spin"?
- Report: Knicks, Carmelo Anthony meet - Marc Stein & Chris Broussard - ESPN
Melo to get firm proposal by end of All-Star weekend - Ken Berger - CBS Sports
- Knicks improve offer for Anthony - Marc J. Spears - Yahoo! Sports
As trade war wages on, Carmelo is all about one thing: money - Chris Mannix - Sports Ilustrated
- Knicks fearful of losing 'Melo to Nets - Peter Vecsey - New York Post
- Nets have deal done -- except for Anthony's OK - Fred Kerber - New York Post
The options available to Carmelo Anthony - Fred Kerber - New York Post
- Knicks increase offer to Nuggets, which excites Anthony - Marc Berman - New York Post
Snagging Anthony really would get the Garden hopping - Mike Vaccaro - New York Post
- All-Star Weekend Turns Into Bidding War for Carmelo Anthony - Howard Beck & Jonathan Abrams - New York Times
- Nets Themselves the Biggest Obstacle to Luring Anthony - Howard Beck - New York Times
No pity needed for Carmelo Anthony, simply a decision - Dave D'Alessandro - Star-Ledger
- Nets still waiting for Carmelo Anthony decision, as Knicks up offer - Colin Stephenson - Star-Ledger
- A timeline of the Nets' and Knicks' pursuit of Carmelo Anthony - Star-Ledger
- Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov's flip-flip on Carmelo Anthony looks more like a flop - Steve Politi - Star-Ledger
Knicks’ Dolan steps into the middle of this trade drama - Steve Adamek - The Record
"If" Carmelo says yes - or in other words, "we have all been here before" - Steve Adamek - The Record
- New-look Nets lineup? - Al Iannazzone - The Record
- Coming and going? - Al Iannazzone - The Record
Source on ‘Melo to Nets: ‘If he doesn’t sign, he ain’t coming’ - Adam Zagoria - Zags Blog
- Carmelo Anthony trade now exclusively in the hands of Knicks owner - Frank Isola & Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News
Knicks require D more than a Nugget - Mitch Lawrence - New York Daily News
- Amare would be "very surprised" if Carmelo would pick Nets over Knicks - Marc Berman - New York Post Knicks Blog
Source: Knicks include Gallo in offer for Carmelo - Alan Hahn - New York Newsday
- It Would Be a Big Upset if Nets Top Knicks in Carmelo Anthony Sweepstakes - Chris Tomasson - FanHouse
New York makes a significant offer for Carmelo Anthony - Chris Dempsey - Denver Post