Pistons nearly traded Richard Hamilton a draft pick to the Cavaliers

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

DET and CLE negotiated down to wire on a Rip Hamilton trade, but fell apart when Rip wouldn’t accept buyout terms with Cavs, sources say.

DET and CLE agreed on protected future draft pick to go with Hamilton, but Rip wouldn’t give back enough of $25M owed him, sources say.

Basically, Detroit wanted Cleveland to pay Hamilton’s buyout, so the Pistons wouldn’t have to. They offered pick as incentive for the Cavaliers to do that.

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