For months it's been speculated; it seems like it's finally here. But then again, no one knows for sure. The blockbuster trade involving Denver's Carmelo Anthony appears to be on the brink for the second time this season. This time, it's the Detroit Pistons, and not Charlotte and Utah, to facilitate Anthony's movement to the New York area. But it's the Nets, not the Knicks that could make the news in the exchange. The New York Knicks were Anthony's preferred destination and the likely suitor for the three-time All-Star, but if he's willing to sign an extension, he appears headed to the Nets.
The recruitment of the Detroit Pistons to the deal adds in talent like Rip Hamilton in exchange for cap relief. They will receive Johan Petro from the Nets, along with the expiring contract of Troy Murphy. This move will save them over $17 million by shedding Hamilton's contract.
New Jersey is poised to receive Anthony, Chauncey Billups from Denver and Rip Hamilton from the Pistons. Denver would lands two future 1st Round picks and a 6-player haul that would include Nets' rookie Derrick Favors, former All-Star point guard Devin Harris and perimeter shooter Anthony Morrow. Denver would throw in Quinton Ross, Ben Uzoh and Stephen Graham.
Because Denver played Anthony and Billups Sunday night, it seems the Nuggets would want to make changes to the latest trade layout.