New Jersey Nets want Detroit Pistons to swap Richard Hamilton for Troy Murphy in part of a larger Carmelo Anthony trade with Denver Nuggets
The Nets want to involve the Pistons in a three-way trade for Carmelo Anthony, according to Al Iannazzone of The Record.
In the complicated scenario that’s being discussed, the Nets would send Derrick Favors, Devin Harris and at least two first-round picks to Denver and Troy Murphy’s expiring contract to the Pistons. In return, the Nets would get Anthony and Chauncey Billups from the Nuggets and likely Richard Hamilton from the Pistons, who are looking to shed salary. Hamilton has two years and $25 million remaining on his contract.
I’d have to know the other parts involved, but the bare bones of the deal sound extremely favorable for the Pistons.
When Joe Dumars traded Chauncey Billups, I don’t think it was a coincidence the respected veteran landed in a favorable situation with his hometown Denver Nuggets.
Richard Hamilton could get similar treatment from Dumars. Hamilton’s hometown – Coatesville, Pa. – isn’t far from New Jersey (or even Brooklyn). Perhaps, more importantly, Hamilton would reunite with Billups.
UPDATE: Marc Stein of ESPN confirms the Pistons, Nuggets and Nets are discussing the above trade.
UPDATE 2: The Pistons would have had to give up their first-round pick and take Johan Petro, according to Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News.
UPDATE 3: The trade won’t happen in it’s current form, according to Chris Broussard of ESPN.
UPDATE 4: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports provides more details on the trade:
As Carmelo Anthony demands the New Jersey Nets surround him with veteran talent as a condition for him to commit to a contract extension, his agent has been the driving force behind bringing Detroit Pistons guard Richard Hamilton into multiteam trade talks, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Anthony’s agent, Leon Rose, also represents Hamilton, and sources said he pushed Nets general manager Billy King to bring the Pistons into trade talks with New Jersey and the Denver Nuggets.
The Pistons are determined to trade Hamilton and the $25 million left on his contract, but they refuse to part with the draft pick, sources said.
Most league executives are dubious that Anthony would believe Billups and Hamilton, ages 34 and 32, respectively, would be tantalizing. Nevertheless, Denver has shown little interest in negotiating a trade with New York, and it believes Anthony doesn’t want to risk free agency this offseason when a new labor agreement could cost him tens of millions of dollars in guaranteed money.
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