Carmelo Anthony remains the last big name on the trade market, and although he’s not coming to Detroit, Denver needs a trade to involve multiple teams to get all of the assets they seek. Apparently, the Detroit Pistons are still a possibile match according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports:
Another team that could emerge as a facilitator in an Anthony trade is the Pistons. Sources say the Nuggets inquired several weeks ago about the availability of Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince — with a particular emphasis on Prince, whose $11.1 million contract is expiring and would provide a cost-cutting tool for the Nuggets. At the time, Pistons president Joe Dumars quickly dismissed the invitation. But sources say there’s a chance Detroit’s posture could change with reports this week that the team will be sold to Tigers and Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch.
Although the organization has never admitted as much, there have been whispers all summer that the Pistons’ quiet offseason had more to do with ownership not wanting to make any moves while the team was for sale than Joe Dumars’ unwillingness to trade people. That excerpt from Berger’s report certainly lends some credence to that theory. There would really be no reason for Dumars to ‘quickly dismiss’ any talks with Denver if he did not have some type of constraints on potentially adding salary.
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