I came up with two trades (split because of salary-cap rules) – one involving 15 players and another involving two.
Fred Kerber of the New York Post reports such a large trade is exactly what the teams are discussing:
As many as 17 players, plus multiple draft picks, could be involved in the deal, several sources confirmed. One league executive said "15 to 17 players could ultimately be involved." And there are all the draft picks to consider, too.
For starters, the Nets would get Anthony and Chauncey Billups from Denver and Rip Hamilton, who has two years worth $25 million left on his contract, from the Pistons, along with Terrico White. And there are other pieces involved. A first-round draft pick from the Pistons to the Nets is not seen as a hold-up in the deal. Want a hold-up? Try working 17 guys into a trade.
Based on Kerber’s report – which includes the possibility of trading Anthony Morrow, a player I tried to avoid including last night – I came up with a single 18-player deal.
Potential small hangups I see:
- Do the Pistons or Nuggets take Jordan Farmar (the other could take Quinton Ross or Stephen Graham)?
- Do the Nuggets prefer Anthony Morrow or Sasha Vujacic, the latter of whom would require two trades?
- How much do the Pistons value Terrico White?
- What protections will be placed on the draft pick going from the Nets to the Nuggets?
If you’re curious, the largest trade in NBA involved 13 players and five teams. If the Heat, Grizzlies, Hornets, Jazz and Celtics figured it out, there’s no reason these three teams can’t.