Word broke last night that the newest team to be invited as a facilitator of the "Get Carmelo Out of Denver" sweepstakes was none other than the Detroit Pistons. New Jersey has been in search of a third team to make a deal work for months. After apparently being rebuffed on multiple occasions, there is now a new suitor in Joe Dumars and the soon-to-be-sold Pistons.
It should be mentioned that for any deal to go down, Anthony would need to agree to the proposed contract extension. Should he do so, the Pistons could find a way to get the trade winds blowing and make the changes that so desperately need to be made to get this proud franchise back on track.
The proposed deal left out some particulars that would need to be filled in, but it essentially puts Rip Hamilton, Chauncey Billups and Anthony on the Nets, Troy Murphy and Johan Petro on the Pistons and Derrick Favors and Devin Harris on the Nuggets. However, this wouldn't work cap wise, so New Jersey would have to include someone like Travis Outlaw to the Nuggets to make the numbers work.
There were also picks involved, with at least two first rounders going to Denver from New Jersey, and a possible third No. 1 from Detroit heading New Jersey's way. That last pick was apparently and unsurprisingly the sticking point from Detroit's point of view. Giving up Hamilton and a first for Troy Murphy and Johan Petro doesn't make much sense after all.
What does make sense is dealing Rip though. If Denver can somehow be appeased with only two first rounders, then a deal could be swung where Detroit deals Rip for Murphy and Petro alone.
This would be a tremendous boon for the Pistons. Murphy has a very low value right now due to limited playing time this season, but he could be a very useful player in the Pistons rotation, and could come back at a reduced salary after his current deal expires at the end of the year.
Plus, the logjam would be cleared on the perimeter, giving McGrady added opportunities to get on the floor, and clearing the way for smaller, more position focused deals in the coming weeks.
Although Petro is only a throw in, he could serve as a big bodied backup center, as opposed to the power forwards the Pistons have put in that position in recent times. His deal is cheap enough that it wouldn't affect the Pistons cap going forward either.
I know Joe has been waiting for the right deal to come along, and while this may not meet his standards to a T, it offers a chance to get the ball rolling, something that is long overdue. I hope he seizes it and begins the process of rebuilding this team back to respectability.