Joe Dumars has been a solid player throughout his career in Detroit and after winning championships as part of the famed “Bad Boys” he knows pretty clearly what it is to win. He was the one who orchestrated the 2004 NBA championship serving as the President of Basketball Operations by signing a talented and troubled Rasheed Wallace from the Portland Trail Blazers. Now Joe Dumars is making headlines again as the Detroit Pistons Roster is making a new overhaul the court general Chauncy Billups together with Antonio Mcdyess and center Cheikh Saam got traded for former MVP Allen Iverson.
The Pistons will now have a new game face as they parade an improved offensive minded roster with Iverson, Hamilton, Prince and Wallace leading the way. Detroit will also be a step higher in getting a perennial franchise superstar in Lebron James in 2010. Losing Billups and Mcdyess clears a vast amount of salary cap and with all the losing effort Lebron has been in Cleveland time will come James will have to find a championship contender team and Detroit is already tried and tested.
So who will benefit more on the trade?
Detroit will have a quality triple double threat in AI. They will have a reliable go to guy down the stretch and could score at will. Detroit has solidified their post as one of the top teams to emerge in the East. Denver on the other hand found their offensive stability in Chauncy Billups. Billups provides the toughness and could make a great backcourt lineup with Jr. Smith and Carmelo Anthony. Chauncy is the wise pick in any team because he is a pass first point guard and can dictate the tempo and a wily court general.
Cheikh Saam is a very raw player but he provides the shot blocking presence the void left by Marcus Camby although it would take years for Saam to develop into a full grown center in the NBA but nonetheless he would be useful in the defensive side.
The major problem would be Antonio Mcdyess who was vocal in his intention to remain as a Piston or a buyout in his contract. Denver would have to talk it out with Dyess about this and if things don’t turn out well they could trade him for a solid backup power forward or center. All in all I think the trade deal benefited both teams but in the long run Detroit has the upper hand.
Joe Dumars meticulously planned his move and is gaining a big margin against other executives. I have a feeling this wont be the last transaction Joe has come up. 2010 is definitely an exciting year and Joe has only two words to say to everybody… Checkmate!