DETROIT (AP)—The Detroit Pistons shook the NBA in a big way Monday—landing
former MVP Allen Iverson from the Denver Nuggets.
The Pistons gave up
All-Star point guard and former NBA finals MVP Chauncey Billups, top reserve
Antonio McDyess and project Cheikh Samb.
“We just felt it was the right
time to change our team,” Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars
told The Associated Press. “Iverson gives us a dimension that we haven’t had
here and we really think its going to help us”
Iverson is in the final
year of his contract, making $20.8 million this season.
“He was very
excited about the trade,” Iverson’s agent, Leon Rose, told the AP.
Billups is in the second season of a four-year contract worth a
guaranteed $46 million with a $14 million team option for a fifth year. The
Pistons kept McDyess off the free-agent market by giving him a two-year contract
extension, and they would love to have him back if the cost-cutting Nuggets buy
out his contract.
The blockbuster deal comes two games into the season
for Detroit. The Pistons have been a model of consistency in recent years, but
they were determined to transform their core following a third straight exit
from the Eastern Conference finals last spring.
The Pistons play at
Charlotte on Monday night. The Bobcats are coached by Larry Brown, who led
Billups and the Pistons to the 2004 NBA title and guided the Iverson-led
Philadelphia 76ers to a spot in the finals in 2001.
Billups returns to
familiar surroundings—he was born in Denver and played in college at Colorado.
McDyess also will be enjoying a homecoming of sorts, having been a Nugget from
1995-97 and 1998-02.
Monday, November 3, 2008
A.I.'s a Piston Now
My favorite NBA player, Allen Iverson been dogging shit for a long time in the NBA and has only had a chance to see the NBA Finals once. Not to mention he had the Sixers on his back when he did it!! Now it looks like he may have a very strong chance at getting that ring he deserves.