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Chauncey Billups Comes Home: The Denver Nuggets’ Return to Relevance

Published by on April 25, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

Every year the NBA season is full of trade rumors. More so than any other sport, the NBA seems to generate high-profile changes on a regular basis. Guaranteed contracts, the salary cap and pressure to win now make nearly every player available for the right price.

But among the rumors and eight-figure salary swaps, high-impact trades can go unnoticed. 

Two games into the 2008-09 NBA season, the Denver Nuggets pulled the plug on the Allen Iverson Era. After a little more than one and a half seasons in Denver, Iverson left the Nuggets exactly how he found them: close but not quiet good enough to compete with the elite Western Conference teams.

In his 135 games in a Denver uniform, Iverson averaged 25.6...

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