Nets cancel Tuesday's practice

Updated: February 23, 2011, 10:27 AM ET
ESPNNewYork.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The day after losing Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks, the New Jersey Nets took an unexpected day off. Well, at least the team did.

The Nets called off practice on Tuesday, roughly 12 hours after the Denver Nuggets and Knicks agreed on a deal to ship the All-Star forward to New York in a three-team deal that involved Minnesota.

The Nets did not give a reason for calling off the planned 6 p.m. practice. They will work out on Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. and are expected to meet with the media at 12:15 p.m. Their first game after the All-Star break is Friday night in San Antonio.

The spokeswoman for owner Mikhail Prohkorov had no comment when asked about the Russian billionaire's reaction to Anthony landing with the Knicks.

The Nets were working on contingency plans Monday in case the Knicks won the Anthony sweepstakes. A person familiar with the trade talks said New Jersey was interested in acquiring some of the players the Knicks shipped to Denver for Anthony.

The Nets and Nuggets have talked about a deal in which New Jersey would send two first-round draft picks to Denver for Russian center Timofey Mozgov and one of the three other players the Knicks sent to Denver -- Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler or Raymond Felton -- a person familiar with the talks told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak for the team.

Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Mike Mazzeo and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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