Since I last updated this blog, two teams in Detroit have made some significant personnel changes that they hope will pay off in the end.
Let's start off with the Detroit Pistons. They traded Chauncey Billups, Antonio McDyess, and Cheikh Samb to the Denver Nuggets for Allen Iverson.
I really like this trade. For the Pistons, they are getting a proven star in the NBA. Iverson has been one of the league's top scorers for his entire career. He does have the reputation for being a bit of a renegade player who does what he wants when he wants. But Rasheed Wallace had that reputation also when the Pistons acquired him a few years back. And that trade brought the Pistons a championship. This Iverson trade reminds me of that. Another good thing about getting Iverson is that his contract expires at the end of this year. I don't really see him sticking around in Detroit after this season so that would allow Joe Dumars to use that money to stockpile the team with talent.
The Pistons are losing Billups, who has been their leader during the regular season for years now. But, he seems to have disappeared during the playoffs ever since they won their championship. Also, Billups still has 5 years remaining on his contact and many millions of dollars still left to be paid to him. That is now the Nuggets problem. Antonio McDyess was a steady player off the bench for the Pistons, but his game has been deteriorating for a while now. And the final piece of the puzzle in this deal is Cheikh Samb, a 7-footer who hasn't played for the Pistons yet.
All in all, I really like this trade for the Pistons. It gives them an improved team for this year, and if Iverson leaves next summer, they will have plenty of extra cash to acquire some more people and continue to improve the team.
And now onto the Lions. They signed the recently retired Daunte Culpepper to a 2 year contract. I only have one question for them...
Culpepper retired recently because he was not happy with the offers that he was getting. According to his agent, Culpepper only had a couple of offers from teams as a backup qb.
For those of you who don't know much about Culpepper, I'll fill you in on what he's been up to these past few years.
He had some good years in Minnesota, but was prone to injuries. After the Vikings, he went to Miami and stunk up the joint while constantly fighting injuries. After the Dolphins didn't want him back, he went to Oakland and did the same thing (stunk up the joint while being prone to injuries).
So, his last few years were spent with a couple of the worst teams in the NFL (Miami and Oakland). He was so bad there that even they didn't want him back. So this past off season he tried to find a new team. NOBODY wanted him to come in. Only a couple of teams offered him a chance to compete for a back up job. Culpepper didn't like the offers and decided to retire.
So the Lions, who are the worst team in the NFL, decide that given their current situation, bringing Culpepper in is the best thing that they can do right now.
All that I can say is "Wow".
Bringing in Culpepper is one of the stupidest things that they could have done. Why would they bring in an aging, injury prone quarterback when they are trying to rebuild this franchise? They need to start playing the younger guys, no matter how bad they seem right now. There is no hope for the future of the Lions if they don't realize that players who were good 5 years ago, aren't good now.
From top to bottom, the Lions have to be the biggest idiots in the world at evaluating talent. If they had any brains at all, they would have just played out the season with their younger guys and watched to see if they had anything to build off of with them. Then, after they go 0-16 and get the #1 pick in the draft, use it wisely and improve your team for next year.
But, history does have a way of repeating itself, so the Lions will probably draft the wide receiver out of Texas Tech, Michael Crabtree with the first pick in the draft.
Even though my new team, Kansas City, is really bad this year, I am not frustrated because I do see some signs of life with them. It may take a few years, but I guarantee that the Chiefs will have a winning record before the Lions do. Mark my words...