(FYI, this was written early, early in the morning, before we received apparent confirmation that yes, it's probably happening)
NBA sources said the Nuggets have inquired about obtaining Denver native Chauncey Billups from the Pistons for Allen Iverson. Because of Iverson's lucrative contract ($20.8 million) it would take more than Billups ($11 million), though.
I wish I could just ignore this, but since I'm absolutely positive that it's going to get some play on the talk radio circuit, I figured some of you might be curious about my take. Here goes:
- Remember the context. It's a two-sentence, unsourced rumor tacked onto the end of a nearly 1,600-world column. Also, the fact that it's appearing in the Boston Globe, of all places, suggests Spears' uncited sources aren't located in Denver's or Detroit's front office.
- Even if the rumor is true, who cares? All the rumor says is that Denver wants Billups and is willing to give up AI. Well, guess what, Denver is probably dangling AI to 28 other teams in the league, as well. He's 33 years old, expensive as hell and is just months away from free agency.
- Speaking of which, why would the Pistons trade Billups, who's under contract for three years after this one, for AI, who's primed to walk this summer? I know the front office (and all of us, really) is big on Rodney Stuckey, but don't forget that Rip Hamilton has the option of walking this summer, too. There are no sacred cows on this roster, but Dumars' isn't so short-sighted as to risk losing both halves of his All-Star backcourt in exchange for what basically amounts to cap space.
I could go on, but really, I've already given it more attention than it deserves. Iverson and Dumars will always be linked (don't forget, AI was almost a Piston were it not for a Matt Geiger trade kicker) but that ship has sailed.