Nets owner tells team to drop Anthony deal

NEWARK - (AP) - New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov hastold the team to end discussions on the Carmelo Anthony deal.

In a news conference before Wednesday night's game against Utah,Prokhorov said he decided on Tuesday to stop pursuit of the Nuggetsall-star forward, unhappy with how things played out in public.

The new owner says the deal took too long and became tooexpensive.

Prokhorov also says he has called off a scheduled meeting withAnthony.

Previously, New Jersey had offered to ship six players and atleast two first-round draft picks to Denver in a deal that wouldhave sent Anthony to the Nets along with former Pistons teammatesChauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton.

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