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
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
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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