Carmelo Anthony Will Not Be A New Jersey Net

…At least if you believe today’s news.

Shortly after the Nuggets fell to Amar’e Stoudemire and the New York Knicks 129-125 in a battle of offensive juggernauts, a source within the Denver organization made Carmelo’s wishes very, very clear:

…while other franchises might be able to make better offers, Anthony will not agree to sign anywhere long-term unless he is dealt to New York, according to the source, who has been privy to private discussions between Anthony, his representatives and the Nuggets organization.

The New Jersey Nets have been holding out hope that their offer of Derrick Favors, Troy Murphy and two No. 1 draft picks would be the best offer available to the Nuggets, but the news that Anthony will not agree to sign with them long-term effectively knocks them out of the bidding.

In case you were worried that this was just the sneering anti-Net words of Chris Sheridan, it’s not: Ken Berger of CBSSports has also confirmed the report, and as far as I know he’s never bemoaned the Prudential Center for logically having hidden rat traps.

As I’ve stated before, I’ve long thought that the offer that the Nets have on the table for Carmelo Anthony – which is a package that included Derrick Favors, possibly Devin Harris, and multiple first-round draft picks – is far too much to give up for a volume scorer who seems more interested in bright lights than championship rings. While it may hurt to seemingly lose a gifted star to our cross-state (and soon to be cross-town) rival, if he wants to only graze at the Garden, so be it. I’m not interested in selling the farm.