It was a relatively quiet off-season for most of the big teams in the NBA. But, just a week after the season opened, the Pistons and Nuggets agree to make some noise. Detroit traded three players in Chauncey Billups, Antonio Mcdyess, and Cheikh Samb for all-star Allen Iverson of Denver.
AI's contract is expiring, and I heard in the news just 2 weeks ago that he wouldn't want to be traded anymore. He'd rather sacrifice cutting his salary just to stay in Denver. In three games with the Nuggets this season, Allen is averaging 18.7 points and 6.7 assists. The departure of AI will certainly give JR Smith more playing time. He'll (JR) be the primary shooting guard of the Denver. Billups will be bringing his point guard smarts to a team that has no reliable point guard. Before the trade, Denver relies on Chucky Atkins, Anthony Carter and AI to man the point. As pointed out in the article from nba.com, Mcdyess doesn't want to be in Denver and he might just opt to retire or go for a contract buyout. If this happens, Denver must search for a reliable forward to help out Kenyon Martin and Nene.
On the flip-side, Detroit gets an exciting offensive player in AI. Iverson has been a crowd favorite all through out his career. He will not be able to take the role of Billups but he'll provide the offensive firepower that Pistons might just be lacking to get back to the finals. With the impressive play of Rodney Stuckey and Jason Maxiell last season, the two will fill the holes vacated by key players' Billups and Mcdyess.
*With the trade, Denver and Detroit give away their respective Team Captains