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Nets out, Anthony on Knicks' radar?

DENVER — His meeting with the Nets owner canceled, Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony is not talking.

Anthony left practice Thursday without speaking to reporters a day after Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov called off negotiations with the Nuggets and canceled a trip to Denver to meet the All-Star forward.

Nuggets general manager Masai Ujiri said Wednesday that he's in discussions with "plenty of teams" about Anthony, whose future has been a hot topic since he declined to sign a three-year, $65 million extension with Denver last summer.

With the Nets out of the picture for now, the Knicks are expected to get back in mix with other possibilities including the Bulls, Mavericks and Rockets.

The Knicks haven't had enough to offer the Nuggets, but they appear to be the one team that could lure Anthony into signing his extension to facilitate a trade. Anthony was born in Brooklyn and has said he'd love to play in the Big Apple.

Game highlights: D.J. Augustin scored a career-high 31, including four free throws in the final 11 seconds and the host Bobcats beat the 76ers 100-97. However, the Bobcats learned forward Tyrus Thomas will be sidelined up to two months with a torn meniscus in his left knee.

Around the league: The Raptors completed a buyout of Peja Stojakovic's contract, making the former All-Star forward a free agent. Stojakovic, acquired from New Orleans in November, played just two games for the Raptors before being sidelined with a knee injury. Meanwhile, the Mavericks sent center Alexis Ajinca back to the team hotel as a possible prelude to a trade for Stojakovic. … Miami forward Chris Bosh (sprained left ankle) joined guard Dwyane Wade (sore left knee) in watching practice. Bosh is listed as day to day. Wade is expected to play Saturday. … Larry Brown, who was fired as Bobcats coach in December, said he is bored and would like to coach again. At Villanova's practice, Brown, 70, said: "I don't want to end the way this one ended." He has 1,327 wins in the ABA and NBA, nine short surpassing Don Nelson for the most all time. … Hawks forward Al Horford has a sprained right ankle that could sideline him for the next two games.

Bobcats 100, 76ers 97

PHILADELPHIA (97): Iguodala 7-11 5-9 19, Brand 6-13 0-0 12, Hawes 3-7 0-0 6, Holiday 6-17 0-0 13, Meeks 2-5 0-0 5, Williams 4-9 3-4 11, Turner 2-5 2-2 7, Young 9-14 3-3 21, Speights 0-4 3-4 3, Kapono 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 39-85 16-22 97.

CHARLOTTE (100): Wallace 2-7 2-2 6, Diaw 3-5 2-4 9, K.Brown 2-4 2-2 6, Augustin 11-17 6-6 31, Jackson 5-16 4-5 14, Henderson 5-8 1-2 11, McGuire 1-3 0-0 2, Mohammed 7-12 1-3 15, Livingston 2-6 2-2 6, Carroll 0-1 0-0 0, Najera 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-79 20-26 100.

Philadelphia 27 23 18 29— 97

Charlotte 30 26 18 26— 100

3-Point GoalsPhi. 3-14 (Turner 1-2, Meeks 1-3, Holiday 1-3, Iguodala 0-2, Williams 0-4), Charlotte 4-11 (Augustin 3-5, Diaw 1-2, Wallace 0-1, Jackson 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPhi. 53 (Brand 10), Charlotte 46 (K.Brown 9). AssistsPhi. 22 (Holiday 7), Charlotte 21 (Augustin 8). Total FoulsPhi. 21, Cha. 17. TechnicalsCharlotte defensive three second. A14,326.

Nets out, Anthony on Knicks' radar? 01/20/11 [Last modified: Thursday, January 20, 2011 11:16pm]
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