The megatrade continues apace, but it doesn’t appear quite done yet with all sides still negotiating for the last morsel of picks/players/money/talent in the deal, but I’ll give the last word to the incomparable Adrian Wojnarowski, who leads his latest story like this:
After a final, furious push over the weekend that included nears deals, waffling, misunderstandings and growing acrimony between the two sides, the Denver Nuggets and New Jersey Nets are close to completing a complicated three-team trade to send Carmelo Anthony(notes) to New Jersey, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
And the most pertinent Pistons news is farther down in the article:
The Nets and Pistons have all but completed a component of the trade that exchanges Murphy for Hamilton, sources said. The teams have agreed to include Petro, who has two years and $6.75 million left on his contract after this season, but were still working out whether Detroit would receive a draft pick. The Pistons are motivated to unload the remaining two years and $25 million on Hamilton’s contract for Murphy’s $12 million expiring deal.
The Nets were assisting the Pistons in finding another team to move Petro onto, because Detroit – in the midst of an ownership sale – needs maximum financial savings for its payroll.
Read the whole article, it is a great chronicle of the whole saga. More tomorrow. But you knew that already.