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Prokhorov Arrives In Los Angeles

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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"?