Monday , Feb , 11 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Denver Nuggets After Ron Artest

Ron Artest, the most popular trade rumor, is making $7.4 million this season, with a player option for $7.4 million next season. The Kings have to think about moving him because he can decline his option and walk away as a free agent this summer. The original rumor had the Nuggets swapping Nene for Artest, which would make them smaller while everyone else is getting bigger.

But Nene is out indefinitely with testicular cancer, and more recent speculation has focused on a package including Eduardo Najera and possibly Linas Kleiza.This would strip the Nuggets of two of their most important role players and leave them with six players making at least $7.4 million – Allen Iverson, Carmelo Anthony, Kenyon Martin, Nene, Marcus Camby and Artest. Click here for more from the Rockey Mountain News.