Monday, June 8, 2009

Wallace and Iverson will not return to Detroit

By Anthony Caruso III

The Detroit Pistons are going to look like an entirely new team. This is the first year since 2001 that they did not appear in the Conference Finals. They went to 6 straight Conference Finals.

The Pistons have so many unanswered question. And one question has to do with “The Answer” Allen Iverson, who will be a free agent after making $21.9 million last season. The Iverson experiment completely failed after being acquired on November 3rd, 2008 for Chauncey Billups, Antonio McDyess, and Cheikh Samb. Iverson will not return.

The Pistons also have to face the pending free agency of Rasheed Wallace. Wallace is also a free agent after making $13.6 million last season. Wallace has been a major role player for the Pistons after being acquired by the Hawks in February 2004. Wallace helped the Pistons to the Championship that year over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Wallace averaged 13.7 points after the trade. He averaged 14.5 points and 15.1 in the following two seasons. But his numbers have dropped in recent years as he has averaged 12.3 points, 12.7 points, and 12.0 points last season.

Both players are not expected to return to Detroit next season. The $35.5 million is expected to be used to potentially sign Carlos Boozer, if he opts out, and re-signing Jason Maxiell and McDyess, who would like to stay in Detroit. The team could also lose Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince through trades.

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