Motown Redezvous? Key to Carmelo Anthony to New Jersey Nets Goes Through Detroit

January 8th, 2011 by Jay Wierenga Leave a reply »
NBA sources have confirmed that the nearly certain Carmelo Anthony to New Jersey Nets deal hinges on a surprising team, the Detroit Pistons.

Late Friday night, the rumor around the league was that the newest member of the needed three-team deal to land the Denver Nuggets superstar to the East Coast is none other than the Pistons.

The reason that a third team is needed to land Melo is two-fold. First, the salaries need to match up, which New Jersey alone can not make happen. Second, Denver is still looking for at least three No. 1 picks to be included in the deal, and New Jersey would like to have another team's first rounder to pair with its next two.

The proposed trade in its current form would involve Carmelo and Chauncey Billups heading to Jersey with Detroit jettisoning Richard Hamilton to the Nets as well, effectively reuniting the former Pistons backcourt. Detroit would then take on Troy Murphy's expiring contract and at least one young player with Denver then receiving Devin Harris, Derick Favors and three first round draft picks.

If this deal goes through, Denver and New Jersey both come out huge winners here.

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