Gee, isn’t it fun to keep reading about Chauncey Billups’s unbridled success in Denver?
If you can stomach reading more about the move, Mark Kiszla of The Denver Post wrote a very interesting article detailing how the Billups-Iverson trade developed.
And when Detroit asked if Melo was on the trading block, the Pistons were firmly told: no way.
“When I heard there was some talk about a trade involving Melo for me, I sat down during the summer and talked with (Pistons president) Joe Dumars,” said Billups, who loved his boss like a brother. “We talked about the whole trade situation. I told him: ‘Look, I don’t want to go anywhere. But if I’ve got to go, there’s only one place I want to be: Home. In Denver.’ And I’m sure he took that into consideration.”
The seeds of a blockbuster trade had been sown.
Timothy Varner of 48 Minutes of Hell discussed a few Manu Ginobili trade possibilities, including one with the Pistons.
Manu Ginobili and Fabricio Oberto for Tayshaun Prince and Amir Johnson
The Detroit trade is a little more dicey. Could the Pistons play Hamilton at small forward? In the long run, I don’t think it matters. Prince and Hamilton are part of the old face, and Joe Dumars is currently giving the team a facelift. I’m not sure that either player is in Detroit’s long term plans. What matters is that Manu Ginobili is the anti-Iverson. If he plays for your team, it gets better. But even more importantly, landing Manu Ginobili would reduce Detroit’s cap by 11 million in 2010, bringing it down to around 20 million. I’m not even sure if that’s legal. And they’d still have Rodney Stuckey and Rip Hamilton. Hello rebuild. With that kind of flexibility, the Pistons could resign Ginobili and two All-Stars in 201o to pair with Rodney Stuckey. In other words, they could become serious contenders in the space of one humid Midwestern afternoon.
I don’t think this deal makes a lot of sense, unless Richard Hamilton is also traded. It’d be a repeat of this year with two shooting guards and not enough room for both.