It was reported by multiple outlets Sunday night that the Nets and Pistons believed that the megatrade involving Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton had been agreed to. The two teams, reportedly, were surprised when the Nuggets decided to play both Billups and Anthony in a home loss to the Hornets on Sunday night.
Reports started to surface that the Nuggets were getting cold feet, but as of 1 a.m. I wasn’t able to track down the source of the Nuggets’ worries. ESPN’s Chris Broussard is reporting that the hiccup is that Denver is trying to convince the Nets to take back Al Harrington in the deal. Harrington has four years and $28 million left on his contract after this season, but the final two years are not guaranteed.
The Nets are not interested in Harrington, and Broussard reports they are trying to facilitate him to another team or hoping that Denver backs off from the demand.
Incidentally, Broussard has also joined the chorus of sources that indicate that the Pistons will receive a future pick, either a first or a second, in exchange for taking on Petro’s contract.