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Posted: Jan. 10, 2011
Pistons await Nets', Nuggets' sign-off on trade
By Vince Ellis
Free Press Sports Writer

After being trade bait for a while, Rip Hamilton finally might be on the move.

But the Pistons are still waiting this morning to see if the Nets and Nuggets can work out the final details of a blockbuster three-team trade.

As initially reported by the Bergen (N.J.) Record late Friday night and confirmed by the Free Press, the longtime Pistons shooting guard could be on the move to the Nets for Troy Murphy and his expiring contract.

It’s part of a blockbuster three-team deal involving the Nuggets that would land the Nets superstar Carmelo Anthony.

Hamilton is at the team's shoot-around today.

After initially being reluctant to take on center Johan Petro’s contract, which has two years and $6.75 million left on it, Yahoo! Sports and ESPN reported that the Pistons would likely have to bite the bullet and take him on as part of the deal. Adding his deal lowers the salary-cap savings to $7 million.

The Pistons would have little choice as they have struggled to unload Hamilton’s two years and guaranteed $21.5 million over the next two seasons. But the Pistons could get a draft pick from the Nets to make the pill more easy to swallow. The Pistons are at the current roster limit of 15 players so they would likely have to part with a young player with a small salary to take back two players.

But it’s a good move for the Pistons. Toss in Tayshaun Prince’s and Chris Wilcox’s expiring contracts, $11.5 million and $3 million, respectively, and the Pistons would have valued salary-cap room and multiple draft picks entering the off-season.

When the story first broke Friday, the Nets initially wanted the Pistons’ first-round pick in exchange for taking Hamilton’s contract off their hands. The Free Press reported the Pistons wouldn’t even consider parting with the likely lottery pick.

If the trade is completed, Prince and Ben Wallace will be the remaining holdovers from the Pistons’ 2004 NBA champion.

Multiple media outlets are reporting the other details, including that the Nets also will get Anthony and the Nuggets’ Chauncey Billups, a former Piston, backup guard Anthony Carter and center Sheldon Williams; Denver gets Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, Anthony Morrow, Stephen Graham, Quinton Ross, Ben Uzoh and potentially multiple first-round picks.

Murphy, in his ninth year in the NBA, has a career average of 11.8 points and 8.5 rebounds. Petro, in his fifth season, averages 4.9 points and four rebounds.

Contact VINCE ELLIS: 313-222-6479 or vellis@freepress.com. Read more in his Pistons blog at freep.com/pistonsblog and follow him on Twitter @freeppistons.



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January 10th, 2011, 1:28 pm
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Is this thing going to happen or what? It doesnt really help them much for this season but it doesnt make them worse. Losing Rip s contract would let them make a move in FA in addition to wherever they pick in the lottery. On a side note on the lottery - I cant believe the Pistons lie in the middle of it. There are so many bad teams, its a wonder these franchises exist with so many uninspiring teams. Greg Monroe starting to show some flashes though and Chris Wilcox and Tracy McGrady are playing well enough to maybe be trade bait to help out a contender. The next question would be what to do with Rodney Stuckey - still hasnt been able to develop a good enough perimeter game to take him to the next level of effectiveness. I think we have a SF bw Daye and Jerebko.

A possible 2011-12 Pistons team:
Lottery pick: Josh Selby PG/Kansas
FA: Zach Randolph PF
FA loss: T Prince

Starting 5
C: Greg Monroe
PF: Z Randolph
SF: J Jerebko
SG: R Stuckey
PG: J Selby
BN:
SG: Gordon
C: B Wallace
SF: Daye
PF: Villanueva
PG: Bynum
F: Maxiell
G: T White
F: Summers (unlikely to be back)
C: J Petro (will be acquired if this trade goes through)
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January 17th, 2011, 12:37 am
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Stuck's been awesome at SG with TMac starting at point. TMac/Bynum has been a good combo and Stuck's been producing at a top 5 level at SG. This would be a great move by moving Rip, giving the younger guys some PT and freeing up some cap space.

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The Nets owner has called off negotiations.

http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/nba/news/story?id=6038636


January 20th, 2011, 1:57 pm
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We'll see come the deadline. I don't believe it. Seems that he's playing hardball and doesn't want to be pushed around by Denver.

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Stuck's been awesome at SG with TMac starting at point. TMac/Bynum has been a good combo and Stuck's been producing at a top 5 level at SG. This would be a great move by moving Rip, giving the younger guys some PT and freeing up some cap space.


I'm sorry, but I think Stucky sucks. He plays too fast, too jittery, and doesn't slow down to take his shot. He blew the Boston game last night with play that is more than typical from him. I would rather we dealt him and played Will B more...


January 20th, 2011, 2:46 pm
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Does anyone think that Denver would make the deal straight up with us... We give Rip and our first round, "likely lottery pick" and get Mello...


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Stuck's been awesome at SG with TMac starting at point. TMac/Bynum has been a good combo and Stuck's been producing at a top 5 level at SG. This would be a great move by moving Rip, giving the younger guys some PT and freeing up some cap space.


I'm sorry, but I think Stucky sucks. He plays too fast, too jittery, and doesn't slow down to take his shot. He blew the Boston game last night with play that is more than typical from him. I would rather we dealt him and played Will B more...


So you want Billups back at point? :lol:

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wjb21ndtown wrote:
conversion02 wrote:
Stuck's been awesome at SG with TMac starting at point. TMac/Bynum has been a good combo and Stuck's been producing at a top 5 level at SG. This would be a great move by moving Rip, giving the younger guys some PT and freeing up some cap space.


I'm sorry, but I think Stucky sucks. He plays too fast, too jittery, and doesn't slow down to take his shot. He blew the Boston game last night with play that is more than typical from him. I would rather we dealt him and played Will B more...


So you want Billups back at point? :lol:



Where did you see that? I can't stand Billups. I liked him before we signed him to his second contract, but I didn't want us to re-sign him. He wanted too much money, the league changed the rules (or the enforcement of the rules) against his game, and he had gotten lazy/complacent here after the Championship. I wanted Ty Lawson, but that's another story.

I'm fine with TMac at the point, but IMO Bynam is the best PG on the team. Stucky sucks.


January 20th, 2011, 4:08 pm
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