According to sources, Nuggets guard Allen Iverson and Detroit guard Chauncey Billups have been telling friends that they expect to be traded for one another today. An NBA source also said that the deal that would bring Billups back to his hometown of Denver is being worked on right now, but not officially completed.
Iverson makes $20 million this year. Billups makes half of that. The deal cannot be executed unless the Pistons involve more players to match Iverson’s cap figure. The Pistons might have to include the likes of ex-Nuggets forward Antonio McDyess to make the deal work.
Billups has seemed open-minded to finishing his career back home and is a big fan favorite in Colorado. He has played for the Nuggets previously, appearing in 45 games in 1998-99 and 13 games in 1999-00. Iverson will be a free agent next summer, which would give Detroit major salary cap space after this season and also allow them to give the starting point guard job to young star Rodney Stuckey next season.