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Pistons nearly traded Richard Hamilton a draft pick to the Cavaliers

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

DET and CLE negotiated down to wire on a Rip Hamilton trade, but fell apart when Rip wouldn’t accept buyout terms with Cavs, sources say.

DET and CLE agreed on protected future draft pick to go with Hamilton, but Rip wouldn’t give back enough of $25M owed him, sources say.

Basically, Detroit wanted Cleveland to pay Hamilton’s buyout, so the Pistons wouldn’t have to. They offered pick as incentive for the Cavaliers to do that.

15 Comments

  • Feb 24, 20113:41 pm
    by A

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    See Adrian’s latest tweet – Cavaliers would let Rip play, but Rip didn’t want to play – Wouldn’t go.
    He is sulking now.
     
     

    • Feb 24, 20115:58 pm
      by Tony

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      That’s what drama queens do when they don’t get their way.

  • Feb 24, 20113:42 pm
    by Eric

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    Depending on how much they were trying to buy him out for, Hamilton wasn’t going to leave for cheap aftere the way the Pistons have been treating him.

  • Feb 24, 20113:49 pm
    by jgk281

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    Wow, great job guys! I hadnt seen this reported anywhere. Too bad though it couldnt have worked.

  • Feb 24, 20113:52 pm
    by Iz

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    don’t want to see rip in the palace again.
    what a loser, prefering warming bench the next 2 years instead of having an oportunity to play.
    all his talk “i just wanna play” is just bull****
     
    tay and him are cancerous to this organization. get rid of them asap

  • Feb 24, 20113:52 pm
    by A

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    What a mess. It seems that Rip is willing to sit his last 2 1/2 years of his deal on the bench, just because of the way that he thinks he was treated.
    If the Cavs were willing to take him and let him play, and he said no, that means that he has no desire to do anything but either reclaim his spot as a Piston or sit. He could have regained some value playing a bunch of minutes for the Cavs, but would instead rather sit and hold up the Piston’s rebuilding.

  • Feb 24, 20114:01 pm
    by Rodman4Life

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    I want Rip gone, but really.
    Think of it as if you were in his shoes.  Do you want to leave money that is rightfully and contractually yours?  Rip wants to play AND keep his money.  I can’t fault him for that.  HIs attitude . . . . .  well that’s another matter.

  • Feb 24, 20114:03 pm
    by BIG MARV

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    so you mean to tell me that Joe couldnt package Terecco White and Dajuan summers for a BUM player or a draft pick! Cmon joe where is your man hood at! Karen Davison got this dud by the BALLS! Scrub!

  • Feb 24, 20114:50 pm
    by Della

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    The only way for the Pistons to get where they were just a few seasons ago they have to do a major overhaul. 1.Get rid of old players (except Ben Wallace)- this means everyone-from Gordon and Villanueva (cut the losses) to Rip and Tay (they really don’t want to hang out to rebuild). 2. Get rid of the terrible Gm and coach, replace the GM with a real exec and get Laimbeer as coach. 3. Starting line-up: C. Monroe, PF. Jerebko, SF. Daye, PG. Stuckey, SG. (?- Freddette would be nice). Throw in a couple free agents or easy trades- like Chris Kaman (local ties) or the like and we have a .500 team- good enough to qualify for the playoffs in the East for years to come.
     

    • Feb 24, 20115:55 pm
      by Tony

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      Stuckey is the SG, he’s horrible as a PG and why McGrady is so much better at playing the position.  Joe blew his chance to draft E. Maynor or any of the other 6 or 7 PG’s that went in that draft.  JOE”S GOTTA GO! 

    • Feb 24, 20116:11 pm
      by BIG MARV

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      Naw I dont want no JJ Reddick Jr. with detroit and you already know when ferdette comes hes gonna ride the pine from here to London, Canada fo 6 years he will be another project. I rather for them to draft nolan smith but im not thinking about draft pick up’s untill the ncaa tourney is done.

  • Feb 24, 20115:51 pm
    by Tony

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    Bottom line, Rip is the same player who Jordan couldn’t stand and traded because he wouldn’t hit the weight room saying it would mess up his shot.  Rip is and has been a coward & and drama filled since day 1, this is the same guy who routinely passes BACKWARDS to the trailer rather than going strong to the hoop and taking the hit and getting the “AND 1″.  Who never dove on the floor and overestimates his worth to his team, Joe made a smart move not to max out Big Ben that year and got him back cheap, but then gives Rip that ridiculous deal later that he can’t move now.  Clear indication that Joe needs to go and Rip has to sit.

  • Feb 24, 20116:02 pm
    by jgk281

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    Rip is going to become the Phanton Of The Palace, lurking in the shadows of 6 Championship Drive with his mask on for the next 2 years. One day during a game next year, we will see him moving about up in the rafters with a cape and mask on. LOL 

    • Feb 25, 201112:17 am
      by gmehl1977

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      That is some funny $hit man…luv it :-)

  • Feb 24, 201110:03 pm
    by Rodman4Life

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    @Tony
    Dude, I feel Rip needs to go too, but really?  You going to dump Rip for all those past years?  Guy could play, score, run the other team ragged.  He’s a champion and one of the all-time scoring leaders in franchise history.  So because Jordan played for the Wizards we should erase all his Bulls’ legacy?  Or if that new Paul McCartney song doesn’t suit you we should just strike the whole Beatles thing from the record?  Nice.

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