The Allen Iverson-Chauncey Billups trade is exactly what the Pistons wanted.
Fans may complain that trading Billups screwed up the team chemistry and the team will continue to struggle with the new style of play that Iverson brings to the Pistons.
The fact is that the Pistons lost in the Eastern Conference Finals three straight years, and the competition is only getting better. As hard as it is to admit for a Pistons fan, the Cleveland Cavaliers are always improving and the Celtics are continuing to dominate the competition.
The Pistons goals in making a trade was that it would allow them to still compete this year, while leaving them options for a bigger change in the future.
The Iverson trade fulfilled both of the those goals for the Pistons. They made the ultimate low-risk, high-reward trade by getting rid of Billups’ expensive contract and getting Iverson and his expiring contract.
The Pistons struggled early with the new style of basketball Iverson brought, but an adjustment is expected for a team when the players have played one way and with one main point guard for the past six years. By playoff time, I expect this to be a tough team for anyone to beat in a seven game series.
Iverson brings an exciting change to a team that could no longer get over the hump and make it to the NBA Finals, but his expiring contract is also a huge asset to the team. Iverson and Wallace are no longer under contract next year, which clears up a huge amount of cap space at a time when many big players may be free agents.
The trade is great for the Pistons right now and in the future, and here are five reasons Pistons fans should love Iverson.