Chris Iott: Pistons nearly traded Richard Hamilton for Peja Stojakovic

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Last summer, according to a source, the Pistons were involved in serious talks with two teams about a deal that would have brought forward Peja Stojakovic and his expiring contract from New Orleans to Detroit and would have sent Hamilton to a third team.

I don’t know Iott’s source, but considering Iott covers the Pistons, I’m guessing it’s someone from the Pistons. That should make you skeptical. The Pistons have a motive to increase Hamilton’s value, and launching rumors about Hamilton trades could do that. The Pistons don’t necessarily have a motive to tell the truth to the media.

Also, why was no third team named? Did the source want to protect that team, or did the Pistons and Hornets never find a third team? Considering the source revealed the Hornets, I consider the former unlikely. That means it’s likely New Orleans and Detroit couldn’t find a third team.

So, the Hornets wanted to get rid of Stojakovic, whom the Pistons were willing to take and whom New Orleans later traded to the Raptors. And the Pistons wanted to trade Hamilton, whom apparently nobody wanted even then.

Don’t believe everything you hear – and even if you do, don’t believe it necessarily provides any new information.

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