Fred Kerber reports that when all is said and done, as many as 17 players from the Nets, Nuggets and Pistons could be moved in a trade for Carmelo Anthony. If it happens, the trade would be the biggest by far in NBA history, supplanting a 13-player, five-team deal engineered by Pat Riley in the 2003 off-season.
"The Nets, under the whopper trade which is nowhere near close to be completed, would essentially gut their current roster. At 10-26, that might not be a bad thing," writes Kerber. Earlier Saturday, Al Iannazzone tweeted that "between 12-14 players [could be] changing teams".
Among those who could be added to the deal are Johan Petro and the team's three minimum salary players: Stephen Graham, Quinton Ross and Ben Uzoh. Among the others who could traded from the Nuggets and Pistons are several whose names have already surfaced: Shelden Williams and Renaldo Balkman from Denver and Terrico White from Detroit, which Kerber reported earlier Saturday. Of course the main pieces remain Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton, Devin Harris, Troy Murphy, Derrick Favors and "perhaps Anthony Morrow," Kerber writes.
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