CBS Sports basketball writer Ken Berger has a rundown of the latest developments in the Carmelo Anthony trade saga.
Talks are still very much active and are centered on the Nuggets getting mucho assets, including Derrick Favors, and the Nets getting Anthony.
Another team that could emerge as a facilitator in an Anthony trade is the Pistons. Sources say the Nuggets inquired several weeks ago about the availability of Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince — with a particular emphasis on Prince, whose $11.1 million contract is expiring and would provide a cost-cutting tool for the Nuggets. At the time, Pistons president Joe Dumars quickly dismissed the invitation. But sources say there’s a chance Detroit’s posture could change with reports this week that the team will be sold to Tigers and Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch.
It’s discouraging that the overtures from the Nuggets were “quickly dismissed” by Dumars, if indeed that is the case. Being a small part in a much bigger deal is one of the best ways to get great value in trades. Another line that struck me in Berger’s piece was when he wrote:
In addition to a high level of concern among Denver front office officials to be regarded by their peers as having extracted top value for Anthony, sources say the Nuggets are holding fast to the notion of trading Anthony while remaining a playoff-contending team.
This creates a perfect valuation for older, proven assets such as Prince and Hamilton. No, you can’t replace Anthony, but there are few assets available leaguewide that could make the difference between being in and out of the playoffs. The key piece of the deal will obviously be Favors, but if the Nuggets want to be “contenders” they are bound to overpay for players that fit their criteria. Add in the fact that the Pistons have connections to Denver via Chauncey Billups and Charlotte via Larry Brown and the assets become even more valuable.
If the Pistons could somehow take the place of the Utah Jazz in this equation and unload Hamilton’s multi-year deal along with Prince’s expiring contract and take back expiring players and maybe a draft pick then the Pistons would be able to accelerate their rebuilding process just in time for a new owner to take over.