Saturday , Jan , 10 , 2009 Oly Sandor

Denver or Detroit? Who really won the Allen Iverson-Chauncey Billups trade?

Two months ago, Detroit and Denver shocked the basketball world with a blockbuster trade, swapping All-Stars Chauncey Billups for Allen Iverson. This deal initially appeared lopsided. Even though, they gained an expiring contract, Iverson and the Pistons at first looked awkward -like two adults on a blind date gone wrong. Meanwhile, the Nuggets, with a team-first point guard in Billups, went on a winning streak …


Denver or Detroit? Who really won the Allen Iverson-Chauncey Billups trade?One team needed time. The other did not.

Two months ago, Detroit and Denver shocked the basketball world with a blockbuster trade, swapping All-Stars Chauncey Billups for Allen Iverson.

This deal initially appeared lopsided. Even though, they gained an expiring contract, Iverson and the Pistons at first looked awkward –like two adults on a blind date gone wrong. Meanwhile, the Nuggets, with a team-first point guard in Billups, went on a winning streak.

Last night, Detroit went into Denver and won, proving that this trade is now dead even. That’s right. Call it a tie. Or push.

After some early struggles, Detroit and Iverson together have posted a 20-12 record and sit fourth in the Eastern Conference standings. With a strong mix of veterans and youngsters, Motown will be a factor come playoff time.

With Billups, Denver has a 24-12 record and currently leads the Northwest Division. Having a classic table-setter has improved chemistry and clarified roles. For example, Carmelo Anthony, when healthy, is now the undisputed first-option on offense, while everyone else provides additional scoring.

Well, what about the future? Who wins this trade?

Iverson’s 20 million dollar salary expires in July, which puts Detroit in a prime position to lure top talent. The Pistons have 33 million dollars on the books for next season. In 2010-2011, that number drops to approximately 22 million.  

GM Joe Dumars can offer a brinks truck full of cash to this summer’s free agents and the highly coveted class of 2010. League superstars could very well join blue chip, developing pieces like Rodney Stuckey and Arron Afflalo. Also, the payroll is lean enough to handle any decline in the league’s salary cap due to the global economy.      

Denver can’t be faulted for adding a true one-guard. Billups, with his strong physique and economical movements, won’t break down anytime soon and has a few strong seasons left. Look for the ‘Mile High City’ to continue building around their MVP candidate and Anthony.

The Iverson-Billups trade is a rare win-win for both teams. All we needed was time to see that. 

Who got the best of the Iverson-Billups trade? Detroit? Denver? Or was it a tie? Get at us in the comment box below and come back to HoopsVibe The Blog for more NBA tidbits. Photo courtesy of GhoSStrider.