NBA Trade Talk: Why the Pistons Should Trade Richard Hamilton to the Cavaliers

Cody CurrieCorrespondent IIJuly 4, 2011

AUBURN HILLS, MI - APRIL 24:  Richard Hamilton #32 of the Detroit Pistons looks across the court in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at the Palace of Auburn Hills on April 24, 2009 in Auburn Hills, Michigan.  The Cavaliers won 79-68.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Richard Hamilton has overstayed his welcome in Detroit.  He is coming off of one of the least productive seasons in his career averaging just 14 ppg in 26 mpg.  He was constantly fighting the coach and was one of the players that didn't show up for a morning shoot around resulting in a DNP-Coach's Decision.  Even through all of that, though, Hamilton can still be a solid contributor—just on another team.  

The Cavaliers have expressed interest in Hamilton and would have acquired him had he not nixed the deal because he didn't like the buyout agreement.  The Cavs could still be one of the top contenders for his services, though.  They have two solid pieces in Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, and Antawn Jamison, but they are still years away from championship contention.  Adding Richard Hamilton to the mix of young players would benefit the player's growth and possibly accelerate the team's rebuilding process.

The Pistons might be willing to give him up for nothing to get the bad contract off of their hands, but that is unlikely.  While it is unknown what the Pistons would ask in return for Hamilton, the Cavaliers have some solid young players they could offer.  They likely won't be interested in trading any draft picks, but if they used their trade exception and maybe someone like Alonzo Gee or Christian Eyenga and Anthony Parker-type players, a deal could get done.

Hamilton would provide the Cavs with a solid starting shooting guard and a legitimate second scoring option for Irving.  He would aid in the development of Irving by taking the scoring pressure off of him and allow him to work on his playmaking as well.  This trade would satisfy both sides and very well could happen whenever the lockout ends.