The AI/Billups trade was a good trade for both teams. AI is now surrounded by team players who can play defense...so AI's gamble aren't going to hurt this team as much as it hurt the Nuggets...This Pistons team is basically a better version of the 2001 team that AI took to the finals...and after the season Pistons will have Sheed and AI coming off the books...so they'll have plenty of money to either re-sign them if it works out...and if not go after another young star like Amare and start to rebuild. Joe Dumars again shows why he's one of the best GM's in the NBA.
It should work for the Nuggets too...AI and Carmelo was going no where and everyone knew it...Carmelo now has a team that is built around his scoring ability. The team now has size, defense, and a TRUE PG...Carmelo has no more excuses now. He has a good team and needs to show us that he can be a legit leader.