The trade rumor that really isnt a rumor, but a deal that the Nets are trying to get through just go a little more interesting. We know that the Pistons would love to trade Rip and the 25 million dollars left on his contract.
We know that Detroit didn’t want to give up their first round pick in 2011, nor did they want to take on Petro.
Now it’s looking like we are just waiting on a counter offer from the Nets to get this done because Carmelo really wants Rip with him in New Jersey.
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.
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.
As part of a package that would bring them Anthony and Billups for Derrick Favors, Devin Harris and multiple first-round picks, New Jersey proposed sending the Pistons Troy Murphy and Johan Petro for Hamilton and Detroit’s 2011 first-round draft pick.
Detroit rejected the overture, and New Jersey has yet to counter with a revised offer, sources said. The availability of Hamilton has been known for months, and yet the Nets only now finally reached out about including him in the Anthony deal. This could suggest that Rose is more enthusiastic about adding Hamilton than King and Nets coach Avery Johnson.
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. Murphy has a $12 million expiring contract and Petro is in the first season of a three-year, $10 million deal. Via Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports.
Getting this deal done also may be a sign that this whole ownership issues is close to being a done deal.
Get to work Joe!