Johan Petro is apparently a 2.13 meter tall, 112 kilo Center currently playing for the New Jersey Nets. According to his wiki, he is a French National Team member of Guadeloupean descent. But Chris Mannix from SI.com informs us that he is the key to getting out from under Rip Hamilton's contract. The latest news on the 15 player/3 team trade has the Pistons getting rid of Rip and receiving Troy Murphy, Johan Petro, and a first round draft pick. Troy Murphy is important because his contract expires after this year, and fills the big, goofy, white guy quota missing since Jonas Jerebko went down. Or he seeks a buy out, and we don't have to deal with him at all.
This is just the next step in my plan of World domination. Check out my holiday wishlist...This would be 3/3. This would give the Pistons 2 first rounders in the 2011 NBA Draft, and taking a quick peek at an early mock draft, those two picks would be Harrison Barnes and Josh Selby, though the Lithuanian in me would want Donatas Motiejunas. I realize the Nets pick wouldn't be as good, since their team would improve with Chauncey, Rip, and Melo joining Lopez, but its all there is to go off of. It would also allow Ben Gordon to earn his contract, which is a good thing.
These things tend to fall apart with so many teams/players/contracts/agents involved, but sources say its fairly close. We just can't forget about Matt Geiger costing the Pistons Allen Iverson when he was still good in 2001.