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iverson110408.jpgWow. Before I give the link, let me first tell you that this rumor is being reported by Stephen A. Smith, so keep that in mind.

The rumor is Iverson to the Pistons for Chauncey Billups and Antonio McDyess. The deal is not finalized yet. A quick look at the salary numbers reveals it works according to the CBA.

Iverson: $21,937,500


Billups: $11,050,000
McDyess: $6,813,050
Total: $17,863,050

The Pistons can take back $22,428,812.50 in salary ($17,863,050 x 1.25 + $100,000).

The dollars work, but does the trade? I'm not so sure. Iverson is a transcendant talent. I love watching the guy play, and no one cares about winning more than him, but he's never been able to play the point. On the Pistons, he would have to step in for one of the best pure points in the league and run a team that's dependent on ball movement and spreading the touches around. Not to mention the fact, the Pistons now have zero legitimate point guards on their roster. Joe Dumars didn't give up any of his young pieces, and this is a short-term gamble. Iverson will be a free agent after the season and the Pistons should have some money to spend in free agency. If it happens, I don't think this trade makes the Pistons better this season, in fact, I think it will cost them. But I'm not sure you can blast Dumars, it was pretty obvious the Pistons weren't going to win another championship as currently constructed. He's taking a big gamble this season, but setting the stage for a bigger rebuild next summer.

As for the Nuggets, well, I like their chances better with a guy like Billups at the helm, the Melo/Iverson duo was not working. A guy like Billups will give Melo a better chance to evolve into a legitimate star, rather than a gunner with a bad attitude. Billups will also give them the backcourt defense they've been sorely lacking. McDyess is over the hill, as far as I'm concerned.

The Nuggets still aren't a playoff team, but they're headed in the right direction. They also just picked up another trade exception, meaning they have somewhere near $15M in trade exceptions to use ($10M+ from the Camby trade). Those things can be like gold when you're rebuilding a roster.

Strange trade that kind of makes sense for both teams, kind of doesn't, depending on how you look at it.

UPDATE: It looks like Pistons will also send Cheikh Samb and his $797,581 salary to Denver.
by Brian on Nov 3 2008
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