Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Leon Rose, agent for Carmelo Anthony and Richard Hamilton, is the driving force behind the three-team deal what would send Hamilton and his NBA championship backcourt mate Chauncey Billups to the Nets along with Anthony.
Rose wants the Nets to dramatically upgrade their roster before 'Melo agrees to a $65 million extension. If the Nets can make this deal happen, it could open the doors to another client, Chris Paul, joining the team as it journeys to Brooklyn. He reports the deal is nowhere near done. Detroit, which wants to dump Hamilton, has rejected the Nets' initial offer, sending Johan Petro out while taking in a Pistons' first rounder. New Jersey has yet to counter.
It's just one of several developments overnight in the story, first broke by Al Iannazzone, whose own revised report has Anthony Morrow headed to Denver. Frank Isola writes that up to 12 players from the three teams may change teams; Fred Kerber reports Pistons' 2010 pick, SG Terrico White, could also be included in the deal and both he and Alan Hahn note the Nets will do almost anything to keep 'Melo away from the Knicks. Finally, Marc Stein notes with the Pistons' sale about to go down, management doesn't want to add to the team's long-term financial commitments.
- Agent pushing Hamilton into 'Melo deal - Adrian Wojnarowski - Yahoo! Sports
Nets try to involve Pistons in three-team trade for Carmelo Anthony - Al Iannazzone - The Record
- Nets pursue Carmelo trade through Pistons - Fred Kerber - New York Post
- Carmelo Anthony trade to the Nets could happen if Detroit Pistons get involved - Frank Isola - New York Daily News
- The curiously public Carmelo trade talks - Alan Hahn - New York Daily News
Sources: Nets discussing three-way trade for Carmelo Anthony with Nuggets, Pistons - Marc Stein - ESPN
- Nuggets' Billups enters Carmelo Anthony trade talk - Benjamin Hochman - Denver Post
Krieger: Nuggets' demolition time nears - Dave Krieger - Denver Post