“The Rocky Mountain News reports that Nuggets vice president of player personnel Rex Chapman said Denver intends to keep forward Antonio McDyess after acquiring him in a trade today” Via The Detroit Free Press
The notion for the return of McDyess to Detroit was too good to be true. We all know that Dyess wears his heart on his sleeve so the idea of his return to Detroit seemed plausible. Matt from DBB recalls a moment he experienced while in the Pistons locker room last season when Boston eliminated Detroit.
“I can’t say I was surprised — I was in the Pistons’ locker room after they were eliminated from the Conference Finals last year, and I saw McDyess fight back the tears while admitting to reporters that he already asked himself, “Hey, should I just retire?”
He added, “I don’t want to be no ring-chaser, I don’t want to be moving team to team being a ring-chaser. I can’t do that. If I have to do that, I would definitely give it up. I mean, if I stay on this team another couple of years, we still have a chance, we just got to put our heart into it and do it.”
That was May 30th. Four and a half months later, he’s just been dealt to another team, albeit a familiar one — McDyess was originally drafted by the Nuggets, and following a trade to the Suns he re-signed with the Nuggets in 1998 before his series of horrific knee injuries. He’ll probably be greeted as a prodigal son more so than just a hired gun, but still, at this point in his career, is McDyess actually willing to make yet another move while going to a team no one considers a serious contender?” Via Fanhouse
Let’s not be too concerned yet, many are saying he will return. Woody Paige Denver Post:
“Antonio McDyess will not have a homecoming with Billups. Although the Nuggets kept talking Monday about McDyess’ future with the team, there will be none. His contract will be bought out, and he probably will re-sign with Detroit. Huh? He was included in the deal to make the salary numbers equitable.”
We may just have to wait this one out. It’s been nuts the last couple of days, but I can’t help but keep thinking of McDyess. I still would like him to get his Ice.