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Iverson Officially A Piston

Posted by hiphopmama on November 3, 2008

The trade officially went through, sending Allen Iverson to Detroit in exchange for Chauncey Billups, Antonio McDyess, and class of 2006 center Cheikh Samb to make the money work. McDyess supposedly has no interest in playing anywhere besides Detroit, so he will be forced to either retire or buy out the rest of his contract with Denver. 

The logic of this really eludes me, from both perspectives. Knowing that McDyess won’t even play for them, I can’t see any benefit for Denver, except that AI was never going to work there when Melo was the primary ball hog. (There ain’t enough room for the both of ’em.) So Chauncey for AI was pretty much a straight swap that leaves the Nuggets down a big time scorer but up a less selfish playmaker with a couple of titles. 

As for the Pistons, the consensus seems to be that they are clearing cap space to make a play after this season for the big name free agents on the market. The most intriguing of these hypothetical scenarios sees Detroit being a prime destination for LeBron James in 2010, with Dumars pulling the strings to perfection behind the scenes. It’s no secret that James wants to go to a team with title aspirations, and Detroit definitely has that pedigree. It’s not quite the big market town he was looking at in New Jersey/New York, but the Jay-Z connection appears to have been faltering of late, making Detroit’s steady hand in management look all the more enticing. 

It’s all just speculation at this point, though. What we do know is that for now, this weird trade has indeed taken place, with the Pistons and Nuggets essentially swapping Billups for Iverson (and McDyess leaving the picture). How it will play out is anyone’s guess. My own take is that it makes little difference for either team over the rest of the season, leaving the Pistons somewhere around the middle of the Eastern Conference playoff picture and the Nuggets languishing at the margins of respectability. From there on out, who knows.

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NBA Trade Rumors: Iverson to Detroit?

Posted by hiphopmama on November 3, 2008

The latest word is that Denver is working on a deal that would send Iverson to the Pistons in exchange for Chauncey Billups and Antonio McDyess. Iverson reportedly wants to contend for a title late in his career, and Detroit is a potential trading partner that has a chance to do that. 

I’m not sure I understand the reasoning by either side, although I see more benefits for Detroit than Denver. The Pistons team could use some shaking up after falling short the last few years, and switching up the point guard position might be a good way to do that, especially when they can get a Hall of Fame caliber player in return. Billups has been as much of a go-to guy as they’ve had, which might hurt somewhat, but Iverson has been clutch in his career as well and might provide the necessary spark to get them back to the top. McDyess has been a vital piece of the puzzle too, and the lack of depth in the front court is the biggest question mark here. Whether old-ass Rasheed Wallace will hold up with back-ups like Jason Maxiell filling in will be interesting to say the least. Also – and probably most crucially, for the Pistons – Iverson is in the last year of his hefty contract, as is Rasheed, so after the season Detroit will have considerable cap room to work with.

From the Nuggets’ perspective, it’s two-for-one, with the added bonus of getting rid of a player with no desire to continue with the team. Billups is a more traditional point guard who can still step up and hit the big shot, and McDyess will provide some much needed depth up front, where Nene Hilario and Kenyon Martin have been injury prone to say the least. I have a hard time believing the trade will drastically improve their chances, but it certainly can’t hurt. 

We’ll see how it pans out over the rest of the day.

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