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Despite Prokhorov-'Melo Summit, Knicks Confident They're In Lead

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Despite a 40-minute meeting between the Nets high command and Carmelo Anthony --and reports of dissension and even dysfunction in Knicks front office-- New York appears confident they remain in the lead for 'Melo's services.  According to reports, Anthony agreed to meet with the Nets only at the insistence of the Nuggets and in fact, he had to agree to the Nets meeting before he could meet Thursday with James Dolan.

The Nuggets and Knicks have yet to hammer out a deal, with reports that Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, the expiring contract of Eddy Curry and at least one first round pick would head to Denver. Curry and Anthony Randolph would go to Minnesota who would provide the pick the Knicks need.

In return, Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams and Renaldo Balkman would go to New York.  Denver apparently wants a second pick and/or Timofey Mozgov.

The Nets have been notably silent since the meeting, after which they were described by Adrian Wojnarowski as not very confident.

If Denver and New York can't get a deal done, it's anticipated that the Nuggets will tell Anthony they intend to trade him to New Jersey and let him decide if he wants the $65 million extension.  The Nets will not make the deal without the extension. When will it all end? It appears that the six month long drama is likely to conclude Monday.  At least Anthony and the Nuggets want it over by then.  Presumably so do the Knicks and Nets.