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DETROIT (AP) — A basketball official says the Denver Nuggets have traded former MVP Allen Iverson to the Detroit Pistons for Chauncey Billups and Antonio McDyess.

The official spoke Monday to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the trade had not been announced.

Detroit was determined to shake up its core last summer following a third straight exit from the Eastern Conference finals, but never made a major deal.

Pistons spokesman Kevin Grigg declined to confirm the trade. Messages left for a Nuggets spokesman and for the agent of Billups and McDyess were not immediately returned.

Billups returns to familiar surroundings. He was born in Denver, graduated from Denver’s George Washington High School, and played at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

McDyess also will be enjoying a homecoming of sorts. He was a Nugget from 1995 to ’97, and from 1998 to 2002.