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Detroit Pistons, Richard Hamilton would benefit from fresh start of trade

As part of today’s Daily Dime, I broke down the potential Carmelo Anthony trade from a Pistons perspective:

Pistons president Joe Dumars tried rebuilding while remaining competitive, and he has failed on both counts. Undesirable contracts fill the Pistons’ roster, and Detroit sits 12 games under .500. Few fans believe in Dumars’ plan, and only slightly more believe in him.

But if he can pull off his reported end of the Carmelo Anthony trade — Richard Hamilton for Troy Murphy, with Johan Petro and a draft pick possibly included — the mood surrounding the franchise will dramatically change. Detroiters won’t have to wait a few weeks for Punxsutawney Phil’s verdict. They’ll know winter is ending early.

It has gotten so bleak, fans are clamoring for a trade that would send away the Pistons’ leading scorer the past eight seasons for a forward unlikely to remain on the team next season and a center whom Detroit will take only if he’s packaged with a draft pick.

The biggest benefit of the deal comes in the flexibility of Murphy’s expiring contract. Although plenty of variables need to shake out — the new collective bargaining agreement and the impending free agencies of Tayshaun Prince, Rodney Stuckey, Tracy McGrady and Jonas Jerebko — the Pistons could make a run at Nene Hilario, Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol,Samuel Dalembert or DeAndre Jordan this summer.

But more immediately, the trade could help the Pistons contend for the playoffs. Murphy’s rebounding and an increased role for Ben Gordon might prove the necessary recipe for Detroit to sneak into the postseason in a dismal Eastern Conference.

Sadly, this would mean the unceremonious end of Hamilton’s Pistons career. Although he helped Detroit win a title and remains the team’s all-time leading playoff scorer, many fans have soured on him after The Detroit News reported a team source said Hamilton "quit" on the team.

Most fans will probably wish Hamilton well — as long as he’s no longer in Detroit. Everyone is ready for a fresh start.

J.A. Adande of ESPN and Jeremy Wagner of Roundball Mining Company also provided their thoughts on the trade in the Dime, so be sure to check it out.


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  • Jan 10, 201111:13 am
    by Jason


    I haven’t been this excited about the Pistons in a LONG time!!
    Lets make this trade happen, not only will we be better THIS year, it’s THE ONLY way to get better in the future.. Imagine having  $20 Million Plus – and multiple draft picks going into next season..
    Pistons fans, embrace this trade!

  • Jan 10, 201111:18 am
    by brgulker


    I find it interesting that very few people are considering Murphy as an option for Detroit after his contract is up. While he’s struggled after injury in New Jersey, he was very good in Indiana the two years prior. If he returns to form in Detroit, wouldn’t he make sense here on a reasonable contract?
    Sure, he’s not a Center, I understand that, but it’s not as if Detroit will be the only bidder for the list above — and we wouldn’t hold the Bird’s rights for any of those guys.

  • Jan 10, 201111:22 am
    by Patrick Hayes


    I like Murphy only if they move Villanueva. Murphy is a much better rebounder and player (if healthy) than Villanueva, but I hate the thought of having both in a frontcourt rotation. They’re both really bad defensively, and how many stretch fours can you really have room for on offense, especially considering the traditional offensive system the Pistons run?

  • Jan 10, 201111:35 am
    by abowen10


    you are the man, dan.

  • Jan 10, 201111:42 am
    by detroitpcb


    First, let me say that giving Ben Gordon increased minutes at the two guard if Rip departs IS NOT THE ANSWER! Rodney Stuckey should be moved to the starting two, T-Mac should be moved to the starting point, and Ben Gordon should come off the bench or preferably, be traded.

    Murphy and CV are similar players, though Murphy is a better rebounder. Both are poor defenders and neither fits the bill for an athletic defender who can also score in the post to play alongside Monroe going forward. 

  • Jan 10, 201112:15 pm
    by Patrick Hayes


    No one is saying it’s the answer necessarily. But face facts: It’s what is going to happen. If Rip moves, Gordon is their primary player, like it or not. It’s what he’s paid to do, and the team is going to give him every opportunity to try and flourish in that role.

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