according to various sources--stein, adande, pistonpowered.com (it's back)--apparently melo would like to have rip on his team, and the nuggets allegedly inquired about rip then the pistons said no they didnt, etc...
what if rip and melo were both traded to the nets? if he wants to play with rip, then it might make melo more willing to sign a new contract with the nets. the nugs would get what they want (derrick favors and expirings), and would have enough bigs that they could give nene to the pistons, which is what I want.
another factor is that the 4-team deal which fell apart would have send kirilenko to denver, which suggests that the nugs believe (correctly in my view) that they can remain a contender this year IF they get a starting caliber small forward to replace melo. tayshaun would work just as well as AK, as both come off the books after this season.
yet another consideration is that the nuggets (allegedly) shot down the 4-team deal because it would have cost them a bunch of extra luxury tax money this year; tayshaun is about 5 million dollars cheaper than kirilenko, so denver could save money in such a trade.
so here's the trade that makes everyone happy, especially me:
nets get: rip and melo
nuggets get: favors, tayshaun, troy murphy, terrence williams
pistons get: nene and a bunch of small contracts to make the money work--on the trade machine I had the pistons getting kris humphries, quinton ross, renaldo balkman, and damion james
denver (over the luxury tax already) and detroit (in flux with team for sale) would both same money in the above trade.