While the key players in the trade remain Pistons guard Chauncey Billups and top reserve Antonio McDyess for Denver's Allen Iverson, McDyess' reluctance to be included in the deal may become an issue.
"Dice is not happy at all (about the possible trade)," said Andy Miller, who is the agent for both Billups and McDyess.
Miller said the 34-year-old McDyess is considering several options, including retirement.
Whoa. Shades of Matt Geiger blowing up the Iverson to Detroit trade back in 2000.
In regard to Dice, there's a chance (In fact, it's probably a lock) Denver will buy out his contract, and he'll have an opportunity to re-sign with Detroit as a free agent. It's a scenario much like Lindsey Hunter's, where he rejoined the Pistons after being traded to Atlanta in the 'Sheed deal.
As Detroit and Denver want this trade to go down, and so do Billups and Iverson, I doubt the reluctace of McDyess joining the Nuggets (even if he never wears their uni) will put the kibosh on the trade. It's going to go down and do so soon.
Addendum #2 - A little more to chew on: The 4 Letter's Henry Abbott, at his must read NBA blog True Hoop, loves this deal. Why? It's all about cap space.
Down, the road the Pistons becomes the driving force of big-time free agency as soon as Iverson's contract comes off the books next summer. The Pistons will combine a winning environment, one of the most respected general managers in the game, and -- depending on salary cap levels that are yet to be set, and extensions that may yet be given to existing Pistons -- likely enough cap space to sign two free agent players to max contracts over the next summers of 2009 and 2010.
Feast your eyes on this list of players who will be available. 2010 free agents include LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudemire, Ray Allen, Tyson Chandler, Manu Ginobili, Richard Jefferson, Joe Johnson, Tracy McGrady, Yao Ming, Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki and Michael Redd.
The two that jump out to me are, of course, Chris Bosh and LeBron James. They played together nicely on Team USA, and now Dumars can at least entertain the notion of signing not one of those two, but both.
Good Lord, if Joe D could pull something like that off...
The Pistons have become the team to watch in free agency over the next couple of seasons. Dumars has a plan, and isn't afraid to impliment it, which is more than you can say about the vast majority of GM's in any sport.