AI 4 times a year?
The blockbuster trade that sent Nuggets guard Allen Iverson to Detroit in exchange for point guard Chauncey Billups, power forward Antonio McDyess and center Cheikh Samb was announced on Monday.
My first question is, why make this deal now? The Pistons must have thought Billups was on his last leg and had to do something now.
Think back to the last bad trade by Pistons president Joe Dumars. Can't think of one? That's because he usually fleeces the opposition. He acquired Ben Wallace and Chucky Atkins from Orlando in a sign-and-trade for Grant Hill. He received Rasheed Wallace and Mike James in a three-way deal with Atlanta and Boston. The third major trade was getting Rip Hamilton from Washington for Jerry Stackhouse.
Even though the current trade doesn't look that great on paper, it usually works out well for the Pistons. They tried to get Iverson about five years ago when he was with Philadelphia.
Both A.I. and Rasheed Wallace will be unrestricted free agents this summer. The Pistons will be considerably under the cap. Even though there aren't a ton of great free agents available, teams can work wonders with cap space. It will allow them to hit the reset button again on their roster.
There's also a rumor that McDyess doesn't want to play in Denver and is discussing a buyout. If that happens, he will bring his trusty 18-foot jumper back to Auburn Hills.
Because, as it stands, the Pistons are a bit thin up front. Their only reliable big man coming off the bench is Jason Maxiell.
One thing is sure, it's a bold move by Dumars. He promised a shakeup and he delivered on Monday.