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Carmelo Anthony Trade To Nets Is Off; Derrick Favors Was The X Factor

With New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov calling off the team's Carmelo Anthony trade talks with the Denver Nuggets, it's perhaps good news that Melo's journey to the Eastern Conference has been delayed. While the New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls are now in the driver's seat and co-driver's seat, negotiations will have to chug through a whole new round for a deal to take place.

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And no, Anthony will not be joining the Atlanta Hawks. The team just signed Joe Johnson to that gigantic contract, remember?

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According to Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix, that former Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (and current Nets) star Derrick Favors is no longer on the table will "open up the bidding." Favors' role in the deal was too much for any other suitor to compete with. He's been a key part of trade rumors and talks since September, and his name has popped up in just about every Anthony trade angle. 

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Thus, the real loser in all this: Favors, who's stuck in New Jersey.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.