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Nets involving the Pistons in 3-way Carmelo deal?

Posted on: January 7, 2011 9:33 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2011 10:17 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Just over 24 hours ago, we told you about how the Nuggets were possibly involving the Cleveland Cavaliers in a three-way deal that would send Carmelo Anthony to New Jersey. But as the world turns with this Carmelo crap, things have changed. I'm telling you, this is never going to end.

According to The Bergen Record, the Nets are in talks with of course the Nuggets, but have also involved the Detroit Pistons. Let me warn you, this gets a little complicated. But reportedly, the Nets would send Derrick Favors, Devin Harris and at least two first-round picks to Denver and Troy Murphy and his expiring contract to the Pistons. On top of that, reports the Pistons would have to take on Johan Petro's contract as well as send the Nets a first-round pick.

The Nets would of course get Anthony, but also a couple of surprise pieces. In addition to Carmelo, New Jersey would bring in Chauncey Billups from Denver and Richard Hamilton from Detroit. The Pistons have been shopping Hamilton and his remaining two-year, $25 million contract pretty hard this season.

The report says that more players would be involved to make the salaries line up, but this is just one of the many, many scenarios New Jersey is pitching. Also, reportedly the Nets are trying to trade straight up with Denver for Carmelo.

As Ken Berger has reported, the Nets have had an offer of Favors, Murphy and first-round picks on the table for a while. But as Berger has said, that type of trade might not happen until closer to the Feb. 24 trade deadline. The Nuggets aren't psyched about paying Murphy's salary right now, but might warm up to it when less is owed to him.

At first glance, this is a pretty tremendous deal for New Jersey if it were to happen. To unload Murphy, plus get Anthony, Billups and Hamilton? The question wouldn't be if this were a good deal for the Nets, it would be, "Are these guys contenders now?" Billups, Hamilton, Carmelo, Kris Humphries and Brook Lopez -- that's a pretty darn good starting five, is it not?

The Pistons move Hamilton -- something they desperately want to do -- and get a nice expiring deal in return. The Nuggets probably feel like they could've had more, but Harris, Favors and picks isn't bad at all. I'm not sure they're going to do much better than that.

However, Chris Broussard of tweeted that while the deal has been discussed, it's not happening in its current form. The Pistons aren't willing to give up Hamilton and a first-rounder for Murphy and Petro. And nor should they be. Pretty cruddy deal on their end.

Again, this is just the latest scenario that's surfaced that would move Anthony out of Denver. It doesn't mean this is The Trade that will happen or that in 24 hours we'll be hearing this went official. But it's clear the Nets are motivated to make a deal happen. They don't want to hang around until the deadline. They want to make this move now. And they're willing to call just about any and every team out there to get them involved to make it happen.


Since: Aug 31, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2011 11:50 pm

Nets involving the Pistons in 3-way Carmelo deal?

Rip just needs a change of scenery. Reunite him with billups and you might get something good!

Since: Oct 1, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2011 11:42 pm

Nets involving the Pistons in 3-way Carmelo deal?

  I really don't see where the great benefit to Detroit here is?  I don't watch them ever. Does Hamilton suck that bad?

Since: Jun 10, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2011 11:41 pm

Nets involving the Pistons in 3-way Carmelo deal?

I can see trading rip,I've never even heard of johan petro,And there is no way  in hell I'm giving up a first round pic,hell the pistons are going to be in the lottery,they could easily pic in the top 5,no way would I give up a # 1 pic.

Since: Aug 31, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2011 11:37 pm

Nets involving the Pistons in 3-way Carmelo deal?

Had a hard time thinking why Detroit would do this? Not much on their end for sure! Who the Hell is Johan Petro?

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2011 11:11 pm

Nets involving the Pistons in 3-way Carmelo deal?

Instead of Billups, Rip, and Carmelo, the Pistons had Billups, Rip, and Prince and won a championship.  Yeah, Carmelo would have looked great in a Pistons uniform but he'd probably be doing the same thing to Detroit right now that he's doing to Denver.

Since: May 11, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2011 11:01 pm

Nets involving the Pistons in 3-way Carmelo deal?

It is about time we get rid of RIP. This Pistons team has gone to crap the past 3 years. We don't have a PG. We don't have a C. All we have is SG's and PF's. Too many of each. Joe Dumars gets a pass for what he did the previous 6 years...but he has been awful and ruined this team the past 3 years.

Since: Nov 26, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2011 10:55 pm

Nets involving the Pistons in 3-way Carmelo deal?

"won" any rings.....typo:)

Since: Nov 26, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2011 10:54 pm

Nets involving the Pistons in 3-way Carmelo deal?

Good point. These three should have been together since '03. Unfortunately though that trio wouldn't have one any rings "then", so I sincerely doubt they'll win any rings 8 years later. Besides, if Melo wouldn't sign an extension with the Nets before, why would he sign one now when this "proposed" trade would just make the Nets OLDER and LESS COMPETITIVE in the future? Makes no sense. Until the Knicks put an "actual" offer on the table, there's really nothing else to report on the situation. The pendulum of power has already swung to Melo because the Nuggets didn't move him at the beginning of the season when they should have. Had they moved in at the start of the season, his new team would've had just enough time to convince him to stay. Now, all he'll be is a rental with one eye looking toward the garden. Poorly played by the new regime in Denver and poorly played by these "journalists" for continuing to attempt to make a story out of what is clearly a non-story.

Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2011 10:47 pm

Nets involving the Pistons in 3-way Carmelo deal?

they didnt draft Melo back then because they liked how Prince was playing and thought they needed a big man. then later in the yr they noticed he sucked and they went out and got Sheed

Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2011 10:46 pm

Nets involving the Pistons in 3-way Carmelo deal?

Sure wish Melo would please, PLEASE just leave already!   I (we) thought he was quality (like Elway) but sure as s**t he's just like trader-boy Johns .... er Jamal ... ah man, what the heck is his name??  LOL

PS - it'll then be TWO guarantees of those who will NEVER win a championship.  In fact where will that place Carm and LeBrick on the all-time lists??

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