Pistons stand to benefit now -- and later -- from the Iverson trade
The Pistons' bold decision to trade for
More intriguing still is the post-Rasheed era, which will take bloom this summer when Wallace ($13.7 million) and Iverson ($20.8 million) provide Detroit with almost $35 million in cap relief. The Pistons will have myriad options: They could use their newfound cap space to recruit a max free agent --
Both teams in this deal have renewed their commitment to winning. The easy move for the Nuggets would have been to let Iverson's contract lapse this summer and save money. Instead, they've taken on the additional expense of Billups' contract (three more years and $36.3 million, with a $14 million team option in 2011-12). (Now we see why the Nuggets backed away from awarding
Billups fills a hole at point guard while providing Denver with needed backbone and leadership.
But the big news of this deal is centered in Detroit. Would team president
The idea that Dumars could instantly create cap room next summer is the revelation here. He can spend the next year seeking to add a fresh headlining star to lead the core of Stuckey,
The bonus of this overhaul is that it doesn't necessarily ruin the Pistons' chances this season. The trade would seem to weaken Detroit's front line and force the Pistons to rehab
At 33, Iverson is going to view this as perhaps his last opportunity to win a championship. He will bring star power and urgency to a team that has made a bad habit of flatlining during the playoffs. To those who view Iverson as a selfish scorer, he may yet seize this opportunity to reinvent himself -- much as
A week into the season, the NBA has become more intriguing. If the Pistons get off to a fast start with Iverson, it will be interesting to see if the other contenders try to make improvements of their own.