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Video interview with @vgoodwill Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit news about the possible Rip Hamilton trade to New Jersey.

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The deal to send Rip Hamilton out of Detroit could be finished soon.

“A three-team deal involving the Detroit Pistons that would include at least 15 players — with Rip Hamilton and Chauncey Billups winding up in New Jersey with Anthony — could be completed as soon as this week, sources said.

The primary elements of the scenario currently on the table, sources said, call for New Jersey to acquire Anthony, Billups and Hamilton; Denver to land Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, Anthony Morrow and at least two first-round picks; and Detroit to acquire Troy Murphy and Johan Petro.

Other players with smaller contracts would have to be included to make the salary-cap math work. Via ESPN

With Denver playing Carmel and Billlups (Sunday night), no deal will be completed until later tonight, at the earliest. And it looks like the odd man out that could go along with Rip to make things work could be either DaJuan Summers or Terrico White.

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.

This one could possible get done, and that fact that ‘Melo is pushing for Rip is a good thing. Why? Because unless bullied, no GM in the league wanted to take on Rip’s contract.

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!

“A trade rumor flying around the Internet on Friday night involving the Pistons, the Nets and the Denver Nuggets left out a few key components, according to a source close to the situation.

The Record of Bergen, N.J., cited a source in a story Friday evening who said the proposed trade would have sent forward Troy Murphy and his expiring contract to the Pistons in exchange for Richard Hamilton in a three-way trade.

The deal also would have sent Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony to the Nets.

But a source told MLive.com that the Nets wanted Detroit’s first-round pick in 2011 in addition to Hamilton. The Nets also wanted to give the Pistons center Johan Petro and another yet-to-be determined player in the deal, the source said.

The Pistons are willing to trade Hamilton and his contract, which has two years and $25 million left on it, but the Pistons have no interest in taking back Petro, who has about $7 million and two years left on his deal, and moving a likely lottery pick to the Nets.” Via Chris Iott at MLive

In David Aldridge’s NBA.com article chronicleing the ‘Melo saga he threw in this line.

“A league source said Denver had made a recent attempt to pry Detroit guard Rip Hamilton from the Pistons without success to show Anthony that the organization could still put talented players around him.”

Most Pistons fan would think this was possible considering the fact that Rip and Chauncey are 2 peas in a pod but Pistons insiders don’t buy this one.

Just follow Matt Dery @deryNBA as well as M’Live’s Chris Iott @Chris_Iott and the Vincent Goodwill  @vgoodwill of the Detroit News on Twitter for the inside scoop.

If you really think about it, what could Denver offer Detroit for Rip?  Rip has 38 million over the next three seasons.  To keep  Mello, Chancey, Rip together they would have to give up Nene and more which I doubt would happen.

Trust Matt and the gang…this one is doesn’t work.

UPDATE: From Chris Iott of MLive

“A source with the Detroit Pistons said today that there is absolutely no truth to the report that the Denver Nuggets tried to acquire Pistons guard Richard Hamilton in a last-ditch effort to keep Carmelo Anthony in Denver.”

It was one of those days where I had time to search through my Sheeednormous video archive when I happened to stumble across a good one.

It’s a top ten what if’s that have sealed the fate of our Detroit Pistons.  What makes me think a little more since the last time I watched this video (about 2 seasons ago) is what has happened since this video was put together and the uncertainty around what twists and turns we are in for once the team has a new owner.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves have been burning up the phone lines the last few days looking for a trade.
They’ve discussed deals to move up to No. 2 for Evan Turner, a 4-for-7 swap with the Pistons, and have looked at moving their other draft picks (16 and 23) to either get up in the draft or to add another veteran.
However, the most consistent thing I’m hearing is that the team appears to be determined to move Al Jefferson. According to sources the Wolves have offered him to Detroit for Tayshaun Prince this week and have also contacted the Pacers about their interest in Jefferson for Troy Murphy’s expiring contract.

The Nuggets snapped their seven game losing streak to the Pistons with a 102-107 win against Detroit Friday night.  It wasn’t easy for Chauncey to finally get a W against his former team,  the game went back and fourth all night with 14 lead changes and nine ties.

Key Points:

  • Glad to see Arron Afflalo starting for Denver and truly making a difference.  I know we are guard heavy, but we gave him up for next to nothing .  He’s making a difference on both ends of the floor for the Nuggets.  He’s a starter in the NBA…it would be nice if they updated his profile picture in his Denver uniform. NBA webmaster fail.
  • A monster game from Jason Maxiell, who put his athleticism and strength on display.  Maxiell went 7-for-9 for 16 points, a blocked shot and 8 boards in 24 minutes.  Denver didn’t know what to do with Maxi.
  • On the other side of things… Charlie V 5 points 0n 2-for-6 , 7 boards in 18 minutes.  At least he’s grabbing boards when his shot inst working.
  • Do we get alarmed with the way Ben Gordon’s season has turned out or do we blame injury or playing time?
  • Some key baskets again from Rodney Stuckey, who scored 19 with 7 boards and six assists.  Was he trying to show Chauncey up?  I would be trying to if I was him, but what his stat line does suggest is that he’s turning into a complete player.
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  • Jonas Jerebko can’t get a call to save his life.  When will this kid get some respect from the refs?  The whistle was going against the Swede all night long and his playing time was hampered by fouls.  Just 18 minutes with 9 points on 4-for-5 shooting with and assist and 2 boards.  How great was it to see Jonas shirts and horn in the crowd in Denver.  The Need4Swede is everywhere.
  • The Pistons really played a good 48 even though they didn’t come out ahead.  Board war won 50 to 38 and they had 21 assists on the night.
  • Little disappointed in Detroit’s free throw shooting lately.
  • Chauncey with 25 on the night with 2 assists and 4 turnovers.  The man is still Mr. Big shot no matter where he is.
  • I caught Chauncey’s post game interview and noticed something funny sitting in his locker.  A white lunch bag with different colored hearts all over it,  I think his wife Piper must have packed him a post game snack.  My guess PBJ and a Capri Sun.
  • Plenty of Blocked shots in this one.  Detroit blocked 5 and Denver 7.
  • Chris Wilcox and Kwame Brown not active for this one because of health reasons.
  • Highlights of The Game via NBA.com

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  • Anyone else notice Jason Maxiell’s jump shot has been money lately?
  • Rip led the Pistons with 20 on 5-for-17 shooting with 5 assists and 6 boards.  He’s looking better and better ever game.
  • Bynum just doesn’t look right lately.
  • One points shy of a double-double for Ben Wallace, who scored 9 with 10 boards a steal and 2 blocked shots.  Where would this season be without him?
  • So…can we officially say we are going for the ping pong balls now?
  • Tonight against the Warriors.

Well this Pistons team didn’t get the memo that unlike their predecessors, they usually come back from the All Star break with a less then stellar performance.  The Pistons all but took a bat to the Timberwolves in one of their 108-85 victory.

Key Points:

  • I lost count after about 5, but this was the most dunk filled night ….ever?  (Blaha counted 12)
  • So many, that the plays of the night were all the Dunks.

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  • This game was dead even at the half at 52.
  • Pistons ran out of the gate as soon as they returned from the locker room and never looked back. They were clearly in command even before the third quarter ended. Detroit was up by 20 when the third was over.
  • Sharing the basketball was an understatement, and it started off that way.  The Pistons with 37 assists on the night.
  • Oh my, Jonas Jerebko kick started the night with point after point for Detroit.  He was one short of tying his career high at 21 on the night.  Why did he miss his career total? The Pistons pulled ahead and he only had to play 20 minutes on the night.  Jonas added 2 steals, 3 boards in one of his best performances of the season.  And that’s saying a lot for the guy who’s been the spark of the season.  Rip to the Swede for the Jam….priceless.

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  • Rip Hamilton, sharing the ball like he was a point guard. Rip finished with 12 points. 7 assist and a steal in 28 minutes.
  • The Pistons were shooting 57% in the first half and the game was tied.  The defense helped that effort once the second half started.
  • Stuckey with 10 points, and 6 assist in 20 minutes.  Nice game for Rodney, who didn’t have to carry the load for once.
  • Ben Gordon with 8 points on 4-for-11 shooting…for a shooter, that’s still not good enough yet.
  • Ben Wallace simply amazes, he put up 8 points (all I think were dunks), with 8 boards 2 blocked shots and a steal.  I don’t know what he did during the break, but he shook the floor with this dunk like he was drinking Hulk juice.

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  • I got my hopes and dreams back for Jason Maxiell and since I have he’s done me right. Jason looks like the guy we know he can be, 10 boards, 6 points and a block that I’m counting that was a bad call in my book. The Baby Eater is back.
  • Charlie Villanueva with 11 points, 6 boards, a blocked shot and 2 assists in 23 minutes. I hate to criticize when we blow out a team (which rarely happens these days) but please Charlie do you really need to take 6 threes?
  • Tay with 11 points, 3 assists, 5 boards and a blocked shot in 31 minutes.  Prince was a +34 for the game.
  • BYNUMITE – Will with a career high 14 assists on the night adding 6 points and a steal. Will still looks like his ankles are bothering him, but he’s still over producing.
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  • We were even treated with a nice windmill jam from Chris Wilcox.
  • Board war won 38-44.
  • Detroit shot 53% on the night.
  • A Daye treat,  Austin with 9 points on 4-for-7 shooting in 7 minutes.
  • Yes this was the Timberwolves, but the way Detroit came out and played really shows you what they can do if they put some heart and effort in for a full 48.
  • Finally a fun game to watch.
  • At Orlando Wednesday.

The Pistons vs. The Timberwolves

The 18-33 Detroit Pistons are hosting the 13-40 Minnesota Timberwolves in their first game back from the All-Star break. I know it’s been a injury riddled, disappointing season, but do you realize that The Pistons are seven games back of Chicago for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

With the NBA trade deadline on Thursday afternoon, no solid information points the Pistons towards a deal.

On A NON Pistons note:

The Pistons actually have a good chance at getting back on a good note.
The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip is at 7:30 pm EST and will be televised on Fox Sports Detroit. For the radio broadcast tune in to 97.1 The Ticket or follow the action over at NBA.com.

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