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Carmelo Anthony Trade Rumors And Rehashing Old News As New News

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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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