The Denver Nuggets continue to try to add more pieces to the original Carmelo Anthony trade that looked to be imminent as of Sunday night. They appeared to work out a trade with the Nets and Pistons that would send Anthony to New Jersey, but now, they reportedly want the Nets to take back two more of their long-term contracts.
ESPN's Chris Broussard is reporting that the Nuggets are asking the Nets to take back both Al Harrington and Renaldo Balkman, and may ask them to surrender another first-round pick to do so. The Nets have already committed to trading Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, Anthony Morrow and two first-round picks to Denver for Anthony and Chauncey Billups, and have also agreed to send Troy Murphy and Johan Petro to Detroit for Rip Hamilton. If Harrington and Balkman need to be added, that will likely change the dynamics of the trade.
Harrington is in the first year of a five-year, $34 million contract, though the final two seasons are only 50 percent guaranteed. Balkman has two more years left on a three-year, $5 million contract. Combined, they would add an additional $7.5 million to the Nets' payroll, meaning New Jersey must send out a comparable amount to match salary.