Dumars knows he has leverage in Anthony deal

OK, so this megatrade looks solid. The pieces are well known at this point, but as a refresher, this is the latest iteration:
FromAl Iannazzone, who broke this story and has owned it ever since:

In the franchise-changing trade – first reported by The Record on Friday — the Nets would send Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, Anthony Morrow, Stephen Graham, Quinton Ross, Ben Uzoh and two first-round picks to Denver, and Troy Murphy’s expiring contract and Johan Petro to Detroit.

The Nets would receive Anthony, Billups – who would report, despite stories that he may seek a buy out — veteran point guard Anthony Carter and big man Shelden Williams from Denver, and Hamilton and small forward DaJuan Summers from Detroit.

Initially, the Pistons, who are close to being sold and trying to cut payroll, didn’t want Petro’s salary of $6.75 million the next two years. But they’re in because they’re saving $17 million by parting with Hamilton, who is owed $25 million over the next two years.

In that form the deal is already a home run for Detroit. It relieves itself of the burden of the aging and redundant Richard Hamilton and in return takes back an expiring contract and a young center that makes less than $4 million in each of the next two years.

But it might get better. There have been multiple reports that the Pistons will get a 1st-round pick in exchange for taking on Petro’s deal. And Chris Mannix reports that one of the last holdups to the deal is the Pistons knowing that they might be the team with the most leverage of the three:

Both Denver and Detroit would receive first-round draft picks from New Jersey, sources said.

Holding up the deal, sources say, is Detroit’s desire to pry more draft picks from New Jersey for taking on the salaries of Murphy and Petro. Murphy is in the final year of his contract, worth about $12 million, and according to a source, he’ll seek a buyout if traded. Nets center Petro still has two years and approximately $6.8 million left on his deal.

The issue is unlikely to prevent this deal from happening, a source said.

So in the span of a couple days the Pistons have gone from a scenario where they would be giving a top-10 pick to New Jersey in the deal to instead getting a 1st-round pick from New Jersey and possible more draft picks. I think the reports of Joe Dumars’ fall from grace as a front office executive have been greatly exaggerated.

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