Carmelo Anthony Drama Ends with Nets Backing Out

One thing’s for sure, Carmelo Anthony will not be playing for the New Jersey Nets this season.

Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov ordered his team to end its pursue of the Denver Nuggets forward Wednesday, saying that the much-publicized chase for Anthony has become too expensive. “There comes a time when the price is simply too expensive,” the Russian billionaire said according the Associated Press.

“It has taken too long. It has been played out in public. The uncertainty has taken a toll on the players … and I believe it has cost us several games,” said Prokhorov of his team’s bid to land Anthony, who has been on the trading block over the past few months.

The Nets, eager to land a big-name player to turn their fortune around, had reportedly offered to give up six players in order to get Anthony in what could have been a three-team trade with the Detroit Pistons and Nuggets. But in the end, Anthony’s price tag was just too expensive even for Prokhorov. “I am not ready to overpay,” Prokhorov said.