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Carmelo Rumors Swirl from NY to NJ to Detroit

during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

First the Knicks, now the Nets.

The rumor mill continues to swirl around Anthony. After months of coy innuendos and anonymous sources saying he wanted to play for the New York Knicks, the All-Star forward's Denver Nuggets and the team across town -- the New Jersey Nets -- seem to be on the verge of making a deal.

But not so fast. Carmelo Anthony doesn't think a trade to New Jersey is imminent.

Anthony, who is half-Puerto Rican, also said after practice Monday he regrets that teammate and Denver native Chauncey Billups' name has come up in reports of a three-team deal involving Detroit.

Despite the rumors that his departure from Denver is fast approaching, Anthony was in a jovial mood at practice following one of the worst performances of his career in a loss to New Orleans on Sunday night. He took just 11 shots and scored only eight points, the crowd booing him on several occasions.

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Anthony's future has been the subject of intense speculation ever since he spurned the Nuggets' three-year, $65 million contract extension last summer.

Based on reporting by the Associated Press.

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