Last night after the game, TheDenverChannel's Twitter account had a tweet that Carmelo Anthony had been traded to the New Jersey Nets. Whoa, the Nets and Nuggets completed a deal while Melo was in the midst of scoring 35 points in a win over the Orlando Magic? The game of cat-and-mouse is over, finally. We just need to wait for the news broadcast to come on to find out what went on.
Wait, no one else is reporting this? OK, give it a little while--nope, Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski debunks it. As does NBA FanHouse's Chris Tomasson. Wait, what's going on now? Oh, the Nuggets apparently have a deal in place with the Nets: Derrick Favors, Troy Murphy and two first-round draft picks. The only thing holding it up? Melo's willingness to signing a long-term extension with the Nets.
Does that sound familiar? It should, because that deal and hang-up have been floating around for weeks already. In other words, this is not news. As Royce Young comments over at CBSSports.com's NBA Facts & Rumors Blog:
I think really what probably happened here is whoever was running the station's Twitter account got a little excited about Lionel's report and embellished on it with "come to terms" stuff.
The original tweet can no longer be found on TheDenverChannel's Twitter page, but Young has a capture of it above. And the next time anyone hears "More at 10," be wary. In this day and age if multiple confirmation does not come within minutes of a report coming out hold off on believing it.