It's no surprise the Denver Nuggets would give permission to another team to talk to one of their stars about being traded to that team. They did it just over two years ago.

NBA.com reported Sunday night the Nuggets have granted permission for the Nets to talk to forward Carmelo Anthony about possibly joining them.wholesale nfl jerseys,cheap nhl jerseys,football jerseys,nba shop;winter cap,red bull cap,monster hat,new era hats,dc winter cap;asics running,asics gel shoes,running shoes asics;180 color eyeshadow,mac makeup,mac brush Such a conversation is considered important because it's unlikely the Nets would do a deal if Anthony does not agree to sign an extension with New Jersey.

Before a Nov. 3, 2008 trade of star guard Allen Iverson to Detroit, the Nuggets granted Pistons executive Joe Dumars permission to speak to Iverson on the phone. The conversation took place Oct. 30, 2008, and Dumars came away willing to make a deal in which Chauncey Billups was sent to the Nuggets and the Pistons got Iverson.p90x, p90x dvd, p90x cheap, power 90;ghd hair, ghd styler, tai chi , bao chi;vibram running shoes , five toe shoes , vibram five finger;nike air , adidas shoes , ugg boots , moncler jackets , coach handbags , chanel handbags.

That trade sure worked out well for the Nuggets, who advanced that season to the Western Conference finals, while it was disastrous for Detroit, ending its run as a title contender. But there certainly would be less optimism this time in Denver if Anthony is traded, perhaps along with Billups, a Denver native and hometown hero.

There have been talks about a possible three-team deal, which also would include Detroit, and would land the Nuggets forward Derrick Favors, guard Devin Harris and at least two first-round picks. But first the Nets need to convince Anthony, whose preference is believed to be a trade to New York, to sign an extension.

Anthony has not signed a three-year, $64.47 million extension that has been on the table since June and can opt out of his contract and become a free agent this summer. That's why he most likely will be dealt before the Feb. 24 trade deadline.

ESPN.com reported later Sunday night that Nets majority owner Mikhail Prokhorov and minority owner Jay-Z are most likely to make a face-to-face pitch to Anthony on Tuesday at an undisclosed location.

Speaking to reporters Saturday, Anthony was coy about any possible interest in New Jersey, which will move to his native Brooklyn, N.Y., in 2012.

"I don't know where all this Nets stuff came from, man,'' Anthony said. "Once the Nets went out there and acquired those five picks (in the first round over the next two years), everybody just put everything together. ... From what I'm hearing, nothing is imminent right now. That's just what I'm hearing.''

Sources close to the Nuggets agree with Anthony that no deal is imminent.

Anthony also was asked Saturday about a possible meeting with Prokhorov in which the Russian would try to convince Anthony to sign an extension with the Nets.

"What am I going to meet with (Prokhorov) for?'' Anthony said. "You think that's tampering? ... It is tampering, though, at the end of the day.''

It isn't tampering. Of course, it remains to be seen how Anthony might approach any possible allowed contact by the Nets.

Anthony was in uniform for Denver on Sunday night at San Antonio. He told FanHouse after Saturday's 127-99 home win over Cleveland he definitely would still be with the Nuggets for Wednesday's home game against Oklahoma City.

"(Saturday) ain't my last home game. ... I'll be (at the Pepsi Center on Wednesday),'' Anthony said.

The Nuggets obviously are motivated to get a deal done with New Jersey, which can offer better trade assets than New York. They were motivated for different reasons the previous time they allowed another team to talk to one of their stars about a possible trade.


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