We all heard what Mikhail Prokhorov said when he made an appearance a few weeks ago. The talks were over. The Nets were done. They were pulling out of the Melodrama.
But some didn't buy it. As hard as the Nets pursued Carmelo Anthony, it just didn't seem like they'd forfeit like that. Especially with the fact they had a meeting set up with Melo that week.
Yet Prokhorov seemed emphatic. He didn't seem to be posturing.
And according to the New York Post, Prokhorov's words have remained true. The Nets haven't talked with the Nuggets again. The report says, "Though some within the Nets organization fully expect the Nuggets to call back to re-engage talks, the calls have not happened yet, multiple sources contend."
The expectation for the two to get together really stems from the fact that New Jersey had far and away the best deal on the table for the Nuggets. If anyone is calling somebody, it'll likely be Denver picking the phone up first, for that reason.
But time is running out. Only 10 days remain until the deadline passes and the closer we get, the more the Knicks are in control. With Melo's insistence that he wants to play in New York, the Knicks deal may be the best just by default. There of course is the potentially for a renter to step up like the Rockets or Mavericks, but that doesn't look as likely as a Knick deal.