Source says Sixers won't be a player in a Carmelo Anthony deal

Posted: September 24, 2010

Yes, the 76ers have contacted Denver about the possibility of making a deal for Carmelo Anthony.

Sixers president Rod Thorn, by NBA rule, cannot openly talk about trying to acquire a player from another team, but sources indicate that roughly 20 other teams have also called about Anthony.

There is no reason to believe that the Sixers are in the running, assuming the Nuggets decide to make a trade.

One source with knowledge of the situation said, "They're probably not a player in this."

By all accounts, Anthony - who can be a free agent after the season - has given the Nuggets a list of four teams he would prefer to go to.

Again, by all accounts, New York and Chicago are at the top of the list, although New Jersey and Miami are also included. Some believe that the Nets could eventually have the most to offer, particularly since the Bulls seem to have no interest in including Joakim Noah in a package.

Houston is also said to be involved.

The source said some teams have contacted the Sixers about possibly serving as a third-party facilitator in a potential deal.

"The Sixers would get a player in something like that, but not Anthony," the source said. "They're not interested in that."

- Phil Jasner

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