News/Freep source denies Pistons-Cavaliers-Timberwolves trade discussions involving Richard Hamilton


Someone – I’m guessing a member of the Pistons’ front office – is being vigilant about denying the Pistons-Cavaliers-Timberwolves trade that would send Richard Hamilton and the No. 8 pick to Cleveland. These denials came quickly.

Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press:

"Source: Pistons aren’t in discussions with Cavs, Timberwolves."

Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News:

"Source: #Pistons wouldn’t trade Rip, who’s almost becoming an expiring contract w/lockout coming, and get rid of a draft pick"

Frankly, these statements mean nothing to me. Whether or not the Pistons are actually discussing this trade, I’d expect them to say this. If they’re not interested in this deal, then they’re saying it because it’s true.

But if they are interested, what else would they do besides deny it?

This looks bad. Many fans don’t want Hamilton gone. Nobody wants the Pistons to essentially forfeit their first-round pick. There’s no way to sell this trade to the fans.

Maybe Ellis’ and Goodwill’s source is telling the truth. Maybe he’s spinning. I have no idea. Both would make sense.