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Nets' deal for Carmelo could be on hold

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Listening to Nets coach Avery Johnson, the monster deal to bring Carmelo Anthony from Denver to New Jersey might be on hold.

Hours before leaving for a four-game West Coast road trip, Johnson said Tuesday he didn't expect any roster changes during the trip.

Johnson refused to guarantee there wouldn't be any changes, but it might be tough to make a deal involving more than a dozen players, including eight from the Nets, with the team playing four games in six days.

The much-publicized deal would have the Nets sending point guard Devin Harris, rookie power forward Derrick Favors, veteran Troy Murphy and others to either Denver or Detroit in a swap that would land Anthony in New Jersey with Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton and others. Murphy missed practice for the second straight day Tuesday because of a virus, and he will not make the trip that includes stops in Los Angeles, Portland and Oakland.

With the exception of injured Damion James, everyone else on the roster will travel, including Anthony Morrow, who has been out almost a month with a hamstring injury. "This is the team that will be playing on the whole road trip," Johnson said.

Johnson backed off the comment when asked if that meant a potential trade was on hold.

"I don't make guarantees," he said. "That's not my job. I don't make guarantees." Johnson said he would adjust if either owner Mikhail Prokhorov or general manager Billy King told him something different.

Getting a deal done may force the Nets (10-27) to play short-handed.

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