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How a Carmelo Anthony trade with the Pistons as third team might work

Based on today’s news the Nets want to include the Pistons in a trade for Carmelo Anthony, I came up with a trade similar to the parameters the teams discussed. Because of salary-cap rules, it’s divided into two parts:

  • Trade one
  • Trade two
  • Plus, as per the original report, the Nets would send the Nuggets at least two first-round picks

To make assessing the deal easier, here’s a team-by-team breakdown:

Detroit Pistons

Trade:

Receive:

  • Troy Murphy
  • Jordan Farmar
  • Johan Petro

Why: They unload Hamilton, saving a significant amount of money the next two years. They get a little bigger, too.

Why not: They add a few million to the payroll this season, and with the current ownership situation, that might not fly – even with the long-term savings. Maybe the Nuggets and/or Nets could send the Pistons cash. Or maybe Tom Gores will buy the team next week.

New Jersey Nets

Trade:

  • Derrick Favors
  • Devin Harris
  • Troy Murphy
  • Sasha Vujacic
  • Jordan Farmar
  • Johan Petro
  • Kris Humphries
  • Ben Uzoh
  • At least two first-round picks

Receive:

  • Carmelo Anthony
  • Chauncey Billups
  • Richard Hamilton
  • Al Harrington
  • Renaldo Balkman
  • Melvin Ely
  • Shelden Williams

Why: I’m not a fan of how strongly they’re pursuing Melo, but if they’re going with that plan, Billups-Hamilton-Melo-Harrington-Brook Lopez makes for a pretty solid lineup.

Why not: They’re absorbing a couple big contracts to get Melo, and this deal is likely contingent on him agreeing to an extension – increasing the long-term payroll even more. Plus, Billups and Hamilton might be washed up.

Denver Nuggets

Trade:

  • Carmelo Anthony
  • Chauncey Billups
  • Al Harrington
  • Renaldo Balkman
  • Melvin Ely
  • Shelden Williams

Receive:

Why: They save a ton of money short and long term, and they get draft picks to rebuild.

Why not: Maybe they think they can get more for Melo.

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  • Jan 8, 20114:50 am
    by travis

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    I understand on trading for a salary dump.  But heck, why not just get Billups to be traded to the Pistons.  Instead of hamilton, I’d trade Gordon to the Nets and Billups comes to the Pistons.  Since we need a PG.  With Billups back, hamilton should be a better player.  I don’t think Gordon is better than Hamilton, all he can do is shoot, and right now his shot is off.

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  • Jan 8, 201111:55 am
    by neutes

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    Wow i’m late to the party yet again! If the Nets could somehow keep Humphries in this deal they would be pretty darn good. Billups, Rip, Melo, Humphries, Lopez. Not too bad. Not good enough, but definitely not bad. I have no faith in Dumars here unfortunately. He probably wouldn’t pull the trigger on a Rip for Murphy swap straight up. I just don’t get it.
     
    who the heck is absorbing all this salary anyway? billups, rip, melo, and harrington combine to practically make the entire cap.

  • Jan 8, 20112:10 pm
    by Glenn

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    Think there’s any way we can send stuckey to denver and get harris in this trade as well?

  • Jan 8, 20113:14 pm
    by Odeh

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    Like many, I’m for a Rip for Murphy swap straight up or if we throw in 1 or 2 2nd rounders.  But our 1st rounder??? Heck no, unless it is lotttery protected than I might think about it.  But if this trade goes down as Dan said, then it has to be the largest trade in NBA history insofar as the amount of players involved.

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