The Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons worked out a deal, prior to yesterday’s NBA trade deadline, to swap disgruntled guard Richard Hamilton for a protected first round draft pick. The deal fell through when the Cavaliers and Hamilton were unable to work out the details of a contract buyout. Hamilton, who is owed $25 million over the next two seasons, will now most likely remain with the Detroit Pistons collecting checks.
The move comes as a surprise as Hamilton seemed to be waiting for the opportunity to be bought out so that he could sign with a contending team. The dream of having Richard Hamilton backing up Ray Allen seems to be just a dream at this point. However, this is the NBA and stranger things have and will happen on a daily basis.
Said Pistons president Joe Dumars: “We worked very hard through the trade deadline, but at the end of the day, there simply wasn’t a good deal for us to make.”
The Cavaliers would have used the $14.5 million trade exception they gained when LeBron James left for Miami via free agency last summer. Using the exception, which not many teams had, would have allowed the deal to go through without the Pistons having to take on any additional salary equal or greater to what they would have sent to the Cavaliers.