Change that jersey! The Philadelphia 76ers have traded Allen Iverson to Denver in exchange for talented point guard Andre Miller, journeyman forward/center Joe Smth and two first-round picks in the 2007 draft.
The deals gives the Nuggets two of the most potent scorers in the game – at least it will when Carmelo Anthony, the league’s leading scorer, returns from his 15-game suspension on January 20.
The Sixers did, well, okay. It will be some time before we truly know. Miller is a notch-below-all-star caliber poiont guard, which gives Sixers coach a distributor more in the mold of himself. Smith is an expiring contract offering cap-room relief next season. With the two picks, Philly GM has three selections – including their own, likely lottery pick – in what is being touted as one of the phattest drafts in years. What he does with those picks will shape the Sixers for years to come.
I also quite intrigued at how George (Who-Me-An-Agenda?) Karl will make this work. It’s a unique opportunity for A.I. Anthony may be the best player he’s every played with, one hat might be able to offer him the ability to add a couple of years to his game. Championship contender? Not this season. But the Nuggets would have at least two more years to make it work with A.I. It should be fun to watch, at least.
The Iverson Era in Philly is done. The Andre Miller Era? Nah.