Posted February 1, 2011 by DJ Enuff in Sports

Melo clears the air on trade-talks

Melo had words for the media on his visit to East Rutherford to take on the NJ Nets. He wanted to clear the air on the Knicks and Nets trade-talks. The Nets took it the Nuggets 115-99 in that game, last night (Mon Jan 31).

Carmelo Anthony is saying he never received a text message from Amar’e Stoudemire telling him he wants Anthony to play alongside him in New York.

“I’ve read that, that he supposedly texted me,” Anthony said after scoring 37 points in a 115-99 loss to the NJ Nets. “I didn’t get it. I didn’t get that text.”

“Prokhorov took a load off a lot of guys on the Nets and the Nuggets, and now guys can just go out there and play and see what’s the next steps from here,” Anthony said. “He took a real strong stance by holding that press conference straight off the plane. Obviously, he felt strongly that this wasn’t going to happen.”

The Nuggets have been exploring trade options because they fear losing Anthony with nothing in return if he opts out of his contract after this season and becomes an unrestricted free agent.

“If I sit here and say I’m willing to lose 15 or 20 million dollars, I’d be lying to you,” Anthony said. “But at the same time this has never been about money. In my career so far I think I’ve made enough money. Now I’m focused on trying to win a championship. That’s the only thing that’s on my plate and on my mind right now.”

(word for word full article courtesy espn.com)

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