How a Carmelo Anthony trade with the Pistons as third team might work

Based on today’s news the Nets want to include the Pistons in a trade for Carmelo Anthony, I came up with a trade similar to the parameters the teams discussed. Because of salary-cap rules, it’s divided into two parts:

  • Trade one
  • Trade two
  • Plus, as per the original report, the Nets would send the Nuggets at least two first-round picks

To make assessing the deal easier, here’s a team-by-team breakdown:

Detroit Pistons

Trade:

Receive:

  • Troy Murphy
  • Jordan Farmar
  • Johan Petro

Why: They unload Hamilton, saving a significant amount of money the next two years. They get a little bigger, too.

Why not: They add a few million to the payroll this season, and with the current ownership situation, that might not fly – even with the long-term savings. Maybe the Nuggets and/or Nets could send the Pistons cash. Or maybe Tom Gores will buy the team next week.

New Jersey Nets

Trade:

  • Derrick Favors
  • Devin Harris
  • Troy Murphy
  • Sasha Vujacic
  • Jordan Farmar
  • Johan Petro
  • Kris Humphries
  • Ben Uzoh
  • At least two first-round picks

Receive:

  • Carmelo Anthony
  • Chauncey Billups
  • Richard Hamilton
  • Al Harrington
  • Renaldo Balkman
  • Melvin Ely
  • Shelden Williams

Why: I’m not a fan of how strongly they’re pursuing Melo, but if they’re going with that plan, Billups-Hamilton-Melo-Harrington-Brook Lopez makes for a pretty solid lineup.

Why not: They’re absorbing a couple big contracts to get Melo, and this deal is likely contingent on him agreeing to an extension – increasing the long-term payroll even more. Plus, Billups and Hamilton might be washed up.

Denver Nuggets

Trade:

  • Carmelo Anthony
  • Chauncey Billups
  • Al Harrington
  • Renaldo Balkman
  • Melvin Ely
  • Shelden Williams

Receive:

Why: They save a ton of money short and long term, and they get draft picks to rebuild.

Why not: Maybe they think they can get more for Melo.

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