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Nets eye future, with or without Carmelo

Avery Johnson admits his team isn't a contender, but is it about to become one?

Updated: September 25, 2010, 1:21 PM ET
By Kieran Darcy | ESPNNewYork.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New Jersey Nets head coach Avery Johnson admitted Friday his team has little, if any, chance to make the playoffs this season.

But if the Nets trade for Carmelo Anthony, all bets are off.

The Nets, as currently constructed, met with reporters early Friday afternoon at the team's annual media day, on the eve of training camp. Johnson was asked about the bold statement new Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov made after acquiring the team in the spring, saying the Nets ...

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