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Pistons-Nets-Nuggets Carmelo Anthony trade size might match my idea

Upon seeing the framework of a Pistons-Nets-Nuggets trade, I hit ESPN’s NBA Trade Machine to find a workable deal.

I came up with two trades (split because of salary-cap rules) – one involving 15 players and another involving two.

Fred Kerber of the New York Post reports such a large trade is exactly what the teams are discussing:

As many as 17 players, plus multiple draft picks, could be involved in the deal, several sources confirmed. One league executive said "15 to 17 players could ultimately be involved." And there are all the draft picks to consider, too.

For starters, the Nets would get Anthony and Chauncey Billups from Denver and Rip Hamilton, who has two years worth $25 million left on his contract, from the Pistons, along with Terrico White. And there are other pieces involved. A first-round draft pick from the Pistons to the Nets is not seen as a hold-up in the deal. Want a hold-up? Try working 17 guys into a trade.

Based on Kerber’s report – which includes the possibility of trading Anthony Morrow, a player I tried to avoid including last night – I came up with a single 18-player deal.

Potential small hangups I see:

  • Do the Pistons or Nuggets take Jordan Farmar (the other could take Quinton Ross or Stephen Graham)?
  • Do the Nuggets prefer Anthony Morrow or Sasha Vujacic, the latter of whom would require two trades?
  • How much do the Pistons value Terrico White?
  • What protections will be placed on the draft pick going from the Nets to the Nuggets?

If you’re curious, the largest trade in NBA involved 13 players and five teams. If the Heat, Grizzlies, Hornets, Jazz and Celtics figured it out, there’s no reason these three teams can’t.


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  • Jan 8, 20117:09 pm
    by Odeh


    Assuming the Pistons make this trade, how much cap space would we have to pursue a big man this summer?  I know there is a lot of moving parts but I think its only around 7 mil.  If thats the case, wouldn’t it make more sense to flip Troy Murphy and Tay Prince’s contracts one more time before the trade deadline?  That way we would be able to take a huge contract back like Josh Smith or Zach Randolph.

  • Jan 9, 20115:16 am
    by dagledhill


    I think if they can lottery protect the pick this year or trade a future pick instead the trade is a good deal for the Pistons.  It does increase their financial flexibility a little bit – although not that much because they take on $7M in contracts (Farmar and Petro) and give up a $3M expiring one (Wilcox).  I think it puts them about $13M under the cap this summer with Prince’s expiring contract coming off the books, too.  They’ll probably re-sign Stuckey, so that will use up some of the cap space, though.

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