Allen Iverson Being Courted by Team in NBA D-League

Allen Iverson Being Courted by Team in NBA D-League

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The last time Allen Iverson played professional basketball
on this continent, it was part of a retirement tour with the 76ers. Maybe don’t
call it a career just yet though. A team in the NBA’s Developmental League
might be offering The Answer a path back to the Association.

According to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, an affiliate of the
Dallas Mavericks called the Texas Legends covets Iverson, and has been trying
to sign the 37 year old to a D-league contract going back to last year. For
A.I.’s part, no word on whether he’s any closer to accepting, but there are
some reasons to believe he might at least consider an offer.

Iverson has likewise resisted the Legends' overtures so far
this season -- as well as a similar offer last season -- but sources say that
the Legends are trying again now because they've moved back to the top of the
list in the D-League's waiver line, meaning they'd have an unobstructed path to
signing Iverson if he could be convinced to put his name in the D-League's
player pool.

The Legends' pitch to Iverson centers around the fact
they've just convinced NBA veterans Delonte West and Rashad McCants to join
their team with similar intentions, after the Legends signed another 37-year-old
earlier this month -- point guard Mike James -- and wound up putting James in
position to earn a 10-day call-up to the Mavericks that turned into a
guaranteed contract after James completed his second 10-day deal Sunday.

An Iverson signing may put a few butts in the seats in a
minor-league environment, but after watching him appear in 25 games for
Philadelphia during the 09-10 season, we wouldn’t call a return to the NBA very
plausible. He may be an 11-time All Star and 2001 league MVP, but he has not
aged well.

He does still have that reliable crossover though, as we saw last year in an exhibition game in China. Yeah, I’d pay a
few bucks to go see him school some young'ns.

>> Sources: Legends covet Iverson [ESPN]

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Tim Tebow shows power in baseball tryout but clearly still needs work

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Tim Tebow shows power in baseball tryout but clearly still needs work

LOS ANGELES -- Tim Tebow has taken his first big swing at a baseball career, showing off a powerful bat and a few areas of needed improvement in a workout for dozens of major league scouts.

The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback worked out at the University of Southern California's Dedeaux Field on Tuesday. Scouts and reporters tracked, timed and recorded his every move.

Tebow's 255-pound muscled physique and 6.70-ish time in the 60-yard dash were impressive. So was a series of long homers into the trees and off the scoreboard.

The 29-year-old outfield hopeful also showed he still needs baseball seasoning. Former big-leaguers David Aardsma and Chad Smith repeatedly fooled him with off-speed pitches later in the hitting drills.

Tebow's representative would like to see him in instructional league play starting in September.

Eagles claim DT Bruce Gaston off waivers

Eagles claim DT Bruce Gaston off waivers

The Eagles' roster now stands at the max of 75, as the team claimed defensive tackle Bruce Gaston off waivers on Tuesday from Chargers. 

The roster, which had to be cut to 75 by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, must be at 53 by 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Gaston has played for the Dolphins, Cardinals, Packers and Bears since entering the NFL in 2014. He's also spent time with the Patriots, Vikings and most recently the Chargers.

The 6-foot-2, 310-pounder had eight total tackles and a sack in seven games for the Bears last season, his last NFL game action.

Gaston, 24, played collegiately at Purdue.

The Eagles take on the Jets at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday (7 p.m./NBC10) in their preseason finale before opening the regular season on Sept. 11 at home against the Browns.

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson talks protesting anthem, Myke Tavarres doesn't

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson talks protesting anthem, Myke Tavarres doesn't

A day after flip-flopping on whether or not he planned to stand or sit during the national anthem, Myke Tavarres had nothing to say about this complex issue.

Tavarres, a rookie undrafted linebacker with the Eagles, told ESPN on Monday he planned to emulate 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and sit during the playing of the national anthem Thursday night prior to the Eagles’ preseason game against the Jets at the Linc.

Tavarres said he wanted to draw attention to racial inequality and social injustice with the demonstration.

"We’ve got an issue in this country in this day and age, and I feel like somebody needs to step up and we all need to step up,” Tavarres told ESPN.

But within a couple hours, Tavarres had changed his mind.

“Myke plans on standing for the national anthem,” his agent said in a statement. “Myke does not want to be a distraction to the Philadelphia Eagles organization. Myke's goal is and will always be to make the Eagles’ 53-man roster and help the team win a Super Bowl.”

Kaepernick, who four years ago led the 49ers to the Super Bowl, spoke for 18½ minutes about his decision to sit during the Star-Spangled Banner.

Tavarres said at his locker after practice Tuesday he had nothing more to say.

“I made a statement through my agent last night,” he said. “If you have any other questions, please talk to him.”

Head coach Doug Pederson said he did not talk individually to Tavarres, a fringe prospect who is unlikely to survive this weekend’s roster cuts.

But he did discuss the broader issue in a meeting with the full team and said he believes his players should stand during the anthem.

“Listen, I can appreciate everybody's opinions and I respect everybody's opinions,” Pederson said.

“But at the same time, I feel that [the national anthem] is important and it's obviously out of respect for the men and women of our country that sacrifice in order for us to coach and play this great game.

“So I get it. I understand it. But at the same time, I encourage everybody to stand.”