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The New Jersey Nets, Denver Nuggets and Detroit Pistons are closing in on a deal that will send Carmelo Anthony(notes) to New Jersey, league sources tell Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Nuggets and Nets had worked out a framework for a deal before New Jersey talked to Detroit about its role in the deal, Wojnarowski reports. After the Nets and Pistons had figured out how that end of the trade would work, Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri wanted to "replace players in the framework of the overall trade," the sources said.

This led to some anger on both sides of the phone, but then things calmed down enough to continue moving forward, the sources report. "If a deal is finalized, Anthony is expected to agree to a three-year, $65 million contract extension with the Nets," Wojnarowski reports, where he'll be joined by Richard Hamilton, Chauncey Billups(notes), Anthony Carter(notes) and Shelden Williams(notes).

Wojnarowski notes that Billups would rather stay in Denver, but the Nets are "expected to commit to paying him the full $14.2 million he's due next season in the final year of his contract rather than buying him out for just $3.7 million this summer" in order to make him feel better about it.

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Source: Yahoo! Sports

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