Posted 04 November 2008 - 10:05 AM
I think the move is a positive one, but only in the longterm. At this stage in their respective careers, Billups is a better player than Iverson (not to mention whatever time they lose from McDizzle, who has been quietly fantastic the last few years), so I am pretty sure Dumars is using this as a semi-hidden rebuilding block. 1) As everyone already knows, Rasheed and Iverson comes off the books after this year. They'll have 20+MM in cap space when that happens.2) Boozer is a free-agent this summer, and I think he might be a legit max-contract kind of player. You may disagree. Dumars may be targeting Boozer, or:3) The awesome free-agent crop in 2010 is going to reshape the league completely. I think Dumars wants to be a player. He probably can't get Wade or LeBron, but if he can offer a championship calibre lineup, he has a non-zero chance. Bosh will be a free-agent, too, and his value may be depressed some by the other superstars on the market, giving Detroit a shot to land him and set up for another Championship Run with a nucleus of Stuckey, Amir Johnson/Jason Maxiell, an aging Hamilton, and whatever young pieces fit well (Afflalo? Bynum? Hermann??).4) This trade gives Dumars even more reason to experiment. He was always upset with Larry Brown and Saunders because they never gave the kids enough tick. Now, a little short at the PG position, he can run Iverson out with Stuckey, or Stuckey/Hamilton, etc. Curry has been playing 10 or 11 guys all year, though, so it looks like Dumars finally found a guy who will play the younger guys, making his long-term decision making process a little easier. Obviously, the potential success of this deal in the longterm relies on a few things:1) Stuckey being the real ****ing deal.2) The Pistons making a splash in free-agency.If they can sign Bosh, and Stuckey ends up being fake Baron Davis, they'll have a reasonable window.WangEDIT- Don't be surprised if Dumars does something like move Hamilton for Al Harrington or something. If he sees a chance to blow this whole thing up, he'll do it. Unapolgetically.
I mean, RAAAAAAWWWR!