First off, a few assumptions:
- The Suns would like a young power forward and expiring contracts for Stouedmire (evidenced by their interest in trading him to Cleveland for Zydrunas Ilgauskas and J.J. Hickson).
- Phoenix would rather get Michael Beasley than Hickson.
- The Heat may be reluctant to include Dorell Wright, who has been playing well lately.
- The Suns don’t want to take back Jermaine O’Neal’s contract because they’d have to trade someone else back to Miami.
Enter the Pistons.
Here’s what I came up with:
The Pistons would also receive a draft pick.
Originally, I was thinking Detroit could receive the Marcus Banks trade exception instead of Cook. But I’m pretty sure it doesn’t work under the cap rules. Maybe you know better than me, but can an exception be traded for a single player in a three-team trade where that player goes to the third team?
Phoenix and Miami perspectives
Schwartz likes Beasley a lot more than Hickson, but he didn’t seem convinced the Suns feel the same way. He said O’Neal would work in the trade if the Heat take Jason Richardson, but I don’t think they would. He also said Beasley would have to be included in any deal with Miami.
But Bunch doesn’t think Beasley will be traded, citing the Heat owners Mickey Arison. So, something would have to give if the Heat really are serious about getting Stoudemire. Bunch also said, if push comes to shove, Miami wouldn’t hesitate to include Wright – which would mean the Pistons wouldn’t be necessary in the trade.
I also came up with a crazy version of how the Pistons could help the deal work, an all-in type of trade for Miami: