Al Iannazzone reports exclusively that the Nets are trying to put together a three team deal that would bring the Pistons' 2004 NBA championship backcourt of Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton to New Jersey along with Carmelo Anthony. In return, the Nets would send Derrick Favors, Devin Harris and two first-round picks to the Nuggets and Troy Murphy to the Pistons. Other players would have to be involved.
Adrian Wojnarowski and Vince Goodwill of the Detroit News tweeted the Nets want to unload Johan Petro on the Pistons and are looking for the Pistons' first round pick too, which Woj reports set the deal back. Marc Stein also confirmed Iannazzone's report, saying talks were "going back and forth", not dead or alive.
"There are many more players involved to make the salaries match, but this is one of multiple things the Nets are discussing in an effort to land Anthony, reports Iannazzone. "They also are trying to trade with Denver straight up for the All-Star small forward."
Billups' contract runs through next season, but has a $3.7 million buyout in July. Hamilton's contract runs through 2013 but has a $9 million buyout in 2013. Billups is 34, Hamilton turns 33 in February.
- Nets try to involve Pistons in three-team trade for Carmelo Anthony - Al Iannazzone - The Record
- Sources: Nets discussing three-way trade for Carmelo Anthony with Nuggets, Pistons - Marc Stein - ESPN
- Nuggets prepared to weigh Melo offers - Ken Berger - CBS Sports
Anthony trade to the Nets could happen if Pistons get involved - Frank Isola - New York Daily News
Report: Three-team deal involving Richard Hamilton too rich for Pistons - Vince Ellis - Detroit Free Press
- Source: Pistons not interested in trade proposal that would have sent Richard Hamilton to Nets - Chris Iott - MLive.com
- Report: Nets now include Pistons in Carmelo Anthony trade talks - AP
Trade exceptions could be major part of NBA trade deadline - Brian Windhorst - ESPN