A day after the shocking trade of the pulse of the Detroit Pistons, Chauncey Billups, the waters have calmed a bit. But wait...another move on the way? Detroit traded away Billups, Antonio McDyess, and Cheik Samb in return for Denver's Allen Iverson.
Allen Iversonchanges the whole look of the Pistons in a single day. The once laid back, play setting up team has transformed to a mere frantic, fast scoring team. A loss of a great clutch shooter makes way for a better all-around scorer and playmaker. This is a low-risk, high-reward move for the desperate Pistons.
But, is that all the moves GM Joe Dumars is willing to make? No.
Rumors have it that Dumars and the Pistons are hot on LeBron James. James, who has an option after this season, could opt out to join a team with a bit more talent.
Iverson will most likely be signed for the rest of this season and not be re-signed at the season's end, along with Rasheed Wallace, whose contract is up after this season as well. If these two players leave after this season, Detroit will be $22 million under the salary cap. So, Dumars will have enough money to go out and get LeBron and possibly another player such as Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudemire or Dwayne Wade.
Not only does Dumars have the money to get the deal done, but he also has championship credibility.
Detroit, the only team that would have enough money to sign James, has him join other All-Stars (Tayshaun Prince and Rip Hamilton), and possible future All-Stars (Rodney Stuckey, Jason Maxiell and Amir Johnson). The next closest team for LeBron to sign with would be New York, if they can possibly drop Stephon Marbury's salary.
A General Manager from a rival team said about the ability of Dumars, "Damn it, I am afraid Joe has this whole thing wired. He’s got everything in place to pull this off.”
With an easy transfer from Iverson to Rodney and Wallace to Maxiell on the way, there should be no lay-off/rebuilding season for the most consistent team in NBA—the Detroit Pistons.
If James joined the Pistons, he would know that Joe Dumars would do whatever it takes to put the right coaches, players, and atmosphere around him to win NBA Championships for a long, long time.
2008-09 Starting Lineup 2010-11 Projected Lineup
PG Allen Iverson PG Rodney Stuckey
SG Rip Hamilton SG Rip Hamilton
SF Tayshaun Prince SF LeBron James
PF Rasheed Wallace PF Tayshaun Prince
C Amir Johnson C Chris Bosh