Pistons acquire Iverson, send Billups and McDyess to Denver
Joe Dumars said it as loudly as any team executive can say it back in June, memorably warning his own players to brace for a shakeup after the latest in a string of playoff disappointments for the Detroit Pistons.A mere two games into the new season, Dumars duly gave his roster that shake. The Pistons and Nuggets on Monday finalized a trade -- which was initially discussed during the summer, sources close to the process told ESPN.com -- that brings guard Allen Iverson to Detroit and sends Pistons mainstays Chauncey Billups and Antonio McDyess to Denver. There's a chance McDyess could return to Detroit after a league-mandated wait of 30 days if he can secure his release or negotiate a contract buyout with the Nuggets. Either way, though, Detroit's identity has been radically changed by swapping Billups -- NBA Finals MVP in 2004 and one of the faces synonymous with the Pistons' ensemble-cast approach -- for a high-scoring attention grabber like Iverson. Iverson's expiring contract, furthermore, will afford Detroit significant financial flexibility as soon as July -- along with Rasheed Wallace's expiring contract -- if Dumars decides it's time for a more thorough makeover. Yet it appears that Pistons guard Richard Hamilton remains a key figure in Detroit's future, with ESPN.com's Chad Ford reporting Monday night that Hamilton and the Pistons have agreed on a three-year contract extension worth an estimated $34 million.
Trade at a glance
• Allen Iverson has the third-highest scoring average in NBA history.
• Chauncey Billups and Antonio McDyess have both been with the Nuggets previously. This would be Billups' second stint in Denver and the third for McDyess. McDyess is expected to be bought out by the Nuggets.
• Iverson's scoring average has decreased significantly since averaging a career-best 33.0 points per game in 2005-06.
• Iverson has the most points of any active player who has not won an NBA title.
• Billups ranks fourth in Pistons history in assists behind only Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars and Dave Bing.
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