What the Nets did a great job of is selling themselves to the media, and more obviously the Denver front office, as real players in Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes. This created essential leverage for the Nuggets.
As we attempt to look past the CBA, and try to begin to speculate what is on the other side of the cliff, let's think about this.
The Knicks may not have the assets to land Chris Paul in many people's mind, which may or may not be the reason why they inquired about Steve Nash on the surface (or deeper), but the real issue to me is who can the Hornets bargain with to create Anthony-like leverage?
The Lakers? Possibly. They could have the pieces, but they've found it difficult to deal Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum. The Magic? They certainly could be considered a destination for Paul's services. The Clippers? I would say possibly, but not if the Lakers become players.
The bottom line is Orlando could be a major roadblock to stopping the Knicks and CAA's plan of making the wedding toast come through. But if the offers are comparable, you'd have to think that the Knicks brass feel like they were at least in the mix.
Now back to your regularly scheduled CBA programming...