Archive for August, 2009
Training with my friend and former teammate E. Snow. I want at least 10lbs.of working muscle added to my frame. I’ll keep you posted.4:02 PM Aug 27th from web
Video posted on AI training with his former teammate Eric Snow:
Well I am about to begin another workout session. Agent informed me that Memphis made us an offer on yesterday. Stay tuned.7:03 AM Aug 26th from web
Memphis is a place that I would love to play. The Grizzlies have good young players with a great upside. I love the city of Memphis too.3:51 PM Aug 27th from web
I would lead by example. I could show how important it is to work hard everyday, play the game the right way, & just like it’s your last!3:57 PM Aug 27th from web
Sounds like the Memphis Grizzlies have made an offer to Allen Iverson. The Grizzlies haven’t given up on A.I. after all.
According to Suicide Lines: “The Griz made their second offer of the summer to Iverson on Tuesday, trying to lure the dynamic scorer with a one-year deal that starts at $3.5 million and is loaded with incentives. Iverson first had a one-year, $5million deal from the Grizzlies to consider. The Griz pulled that offer off the table several weeks ago, but are willing to give Iverson what they have left to spend under the NBA salary cap.”
AP: “Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace is denying that the club has made a contract offer to Allen Iverson. Iverson tweeted on Wednesday that Memphis made him a contract offer, and ESPN.com reported soon after that Wallace confirmed the guard’s claim. However, Wallace denied confirming the offer through a team spokesman on Thursday. The team does have interest in the future Hall of Famer though.”
Iverson-Brown II? Maybe, maybe not - The Charlotte Observer’s Rick Bonnell wrote in response to the report: “I’m told by a great source that’s not true. However, that doesn’t mean Iverson won’t be a Bobcat. It sounds like there’s a good chance that will happen. My source says definitively that Iverson’s first choice is to play for Larry Brown again in Charlotte, and that there have been serious discussions about making that happen.”
Bonnell said that before any move were to occur, the Bobcats face issues with their payroll and a logjam at guard. But he adds: “You’d be adding a great scorer to a team that was last in the NBA in scoring, and you’d be adding a star to a team struggling to sell tickets and create a buzz.”
Iverson and Bobcats hammering out a deal? – Rumor has it the two sides have either agreed on a deal or are getting pretty close to one. Either way, one is expected to probably be signed sometime this week, according to the Sporting News. The arrival of Iverson would likely not be good news for shooting guard Raja Bell(notes), who would surely get pushed down onto the bench.
Note that Raja Bell played with Iverson during their run to the 2001 NBA finals. Raja Bell came off the bench back then, is he willing to do it again?
Iverson Wants Reunion with Brown – If Iverson does sign with the Bobcats, the team likely would need to figure out whether to trade or relegate shooting guard Raja Bell to a reserve roll. Another issue could be the contract itself—as Sean Deveney wrote earlier this week, the Bobcats haven’t been in the spending mode this summer.
The Hall-of-Fame coach weighed in on Iverson’s recent comments. Larry Brown told the Charlotte Observer he would enjoy coaching Iverson again.
But there are obstacles in the way of a reunion with the All-Star he coached in Philadelphia.
“One is the money; we wouldn’t want to make him an offer that would insult him,” Brown said. “And with three small guards (Raja Bell, D.J. Augustin and restricted free agent Raymond Felton) already on the roster, he wouldn’t get to play the minutes he deserves.
“Until one or both of those things changes, I don’t see it.”
“He’s done a lot for me, and if we could work it out — the money, the opportunity to play — I’d be all for it,” Brown said. “He’s always been good, always been there.”
Here’s another interesting article – Is Allen Iverson or Raymond Felton the answer for the Bobcats?
It’s been rumored all summer and even Iverson has already tweeted about it. Dime Magazine’s Aron Phillips reports that Allen Iverson has reached an agreement with the Charlotte Bobcats and the deal will become official next week.
I think a lot fans also believe this marriage makes sense. Iverson has the most success in his career with the coach that he went to the 2001 NBA Finals with.
Charlotte would add a scorer to a team that was last in the NBA in scoring, as well as popular personality still capable of selling tickets and merchandise for the cash-strapped franchise.
More to come soon. Stay tuned!
If you think that I am just going away-Think again! I am getting ready for the NBA season. Waiting for the call. Charlotte, Miami, NY.
We all know about the potential Miami deal. We also know that AI could potentially play for his old coach in Charlotte. Iverson has now confirmed that New York is still a possibility. Imagine AI playing in Mike D’Antoni’s free flowing offence. Not only would he sell tickets in the world’s greatest arena, Madison Square Garden, but he could also put up some big offensive numbers.
Getting in shape, running, lifting and thinking about which team that I will help compete for a championship! Whoever gets me will be happy5:09 AM Aug 18th from web
I have had a year to get ready, my back is fine now don’t worry. When you see me again you will think that I am fresh out of Georgetown!5:11 AM Aug 18th from web
I have heard all of the doubters, but they should know that I willnot be broken and I will remain true to my fans. I spoke with my manager5:13 AM Aug 18th from web
My people just informed me that we are getting close to a deal. I asked them to call me the when its done. I am so ready to know!8:39 AM Aug 19th from web
I have not been this eager with anticipation since the night before the NBA Draft in 96. Then I knew where I was going, now I want to know!8:57 AM Aug 19th from web
I have been blessed to make plenty of money in this league. Now it’s not about the money, its about playing me getting back on the court &9:15 AM Aug 19th from web
After the Heat traded center Mark Blount for veteran swingman Quentin Richardson late Thursday night, the Miami Herald’s Mike Wallace wrote: “Considering the slightly higher luxury-tax bill, this could be the unofficial end to any interest the Heat had in acquiring Allen Iverson. There already were concerns about potentially getting everyone enough shots before Richardson came aboard. Iverson, a pure scorer, won’t be needed as much.”
Also, the 76ers are in the market for backcourt help with the free-agent defection of Andre Miller to the Trail Blazers, but CSNPhilly.com reported this week that a return to the team where Iverson became a household name was unlikely.
“Allen Iverson is a very good basketball player,” 76ers general manager Ed Stefanski said. “But we don’t see him in our plans with the age of our kids. We are going to go with youth at the point guard position, and I am sure Allen will hook on with someone.”
Since Miami is one of the top choices for Iverson fans, the question becomes whether Allen Iverson can play well together with Dwayne Wade. Both are prolific scorers who need the ball in their hands. The question is whether they will be a complement or a conflict between each other. Can they be a dynamic duo and compete in the East? What do you think?
This author apparently overheard Iverson’s agent, Leon Rose, talking about potential offers from Rockets, Pacers and Oklahoma Thunder.
He said the Pacers and Thunder were offering around $5.85 million for a one-year contract.
The Rockets were also offering $5 million for a season.
The man said he spoke with the Sixers and they were not quite on the same page, but said if they changed their mind they would be open to discuss this anytime down the road.
Rose said he talked to Larry Bird and Bird said he would love to see Iverson team with Danny Granger and thought that Granger could benefit from Iverson and understands Iverson still has the abilities he had from when he was in Philadelphia and Denver. He said he thinks Granger and Iverson can easily be the highest scoring duo in the league.
Bird also thinks Iverson can still tickets.
I don’t know how credible this source is. However, it does shed some light on the fact that teams are still pursuing Iverson – despite what the Media has claimed about Iverson. This is a good sign, meaning that there will be more options on the table for A.I.
Iverson may have finally found his team, though. The Miami Heat supposedly gave him a call to see if he had any interest in moving to Florida. The man making the call was reportedly none other than Pat Riley, according to the Miami Herald.
Riley supposedly wanted the 10-time NBA All-Star and former league MVP that the Heat have “continued interest” in him.
Iverson has said from the start of free agency in July that he would prefer to sign with the Heat and play alongside of Dwyane Wade if a deal could get done. But the Heat has downplayed its interest publicly and likely would only be interested in Iverson at a price between $1.3-$2 million for one season.
According to the source, the Heat has not yet made a concrete offer to Iverson. But Riley has told Iverson’s camp that he will soon get back to them. Riley, according to the source, also asked that “before (Iverson) considers accepting any (other) offer, to please get back with him.”
Source: Miami Herald
Sounds like there is more momentum toward’s Iverson chance of joining Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat. I think everyone agrees that the Heat is the best situation at the moment for Iverson. Since Miami lost out on Odom, this is a chance to bring Iverson in to keep Dwayne Wade happy. Let’s hope this materializes!
This is getting ridiculous. The Greek fans have spoken. The poll figure show the Olympiacos option jumping to over 1,400 votes in the last two days for a leading 36%. Not to mention the massive amount of comments that have came in from all over the world.
Here’s the situation: The best financial deal on the table for the former MVP is from Olympiacos (said to be worth $10 million for seasons). Iverson is said to be considering the deal, BUT league sources said it’s far more likely Iverson picks Miami or Memphis before updating his passport.
Several teams have talked with Iverson and sources close to his situation say it’s not about lack of interest, its finding the right situation. The Greek offer appeals to a wide range of areas for Iverson the business man; his star power would clearly change the perception of Olympiacos on the International stage and his marketing partners – namely Reebok – would love the exposure.
It is not a stretch to think Iverson gives Olympiacos more than reasonable consideration, but sources say his heart is still in the NBA and finding the right NBA team is the goal.
Check out this poll by SportsNation. SportsNation thinks he’d be as good an ambassador for basketball as David Beckham has been for soccer in the United States).
Last time I checked, Allen Iverson was beating out David Beckham 51% to 48%!
The Olympiakos rumour is spreading like wildfire and the comments are flooding in. Lots of Greek fans have made their pleas for Allen Iverson to join their beloved club in Athens. In a single day, the Poll option for Olympiakos has already reached 2nd place with 17% of votes, second only to Miami Heat (30%).
Olympiakos, the Greek club that continues to go after NBA free agents, is now going after Allen Iverson; offering the 6-0 guard a $10 million contract over two years.
The $10 million dollar offer is close to the numbers that Iverson is seeking in free agency, but is Iverson willing to head overseas, play in a completely different basketball culture with great expectations?
The Athens-based Olympiakos Piraeus is the team that made waves by signing away Josh Childress from the Atlanta Hawks last season.
What do you think? Is Iverson willing to head overseas and play in a completely different basketball culture with great expectations?
For the first time this summer Allen Iverson has received an offer close to his liking, just not from an NBA team. Olympiacos is reportedly close to proposing a two-year contract worth $10 million to Iverson, the exact same deal that Nate Robinson turned down.
Olympiacos presents a very lucrative and interesting option for Iverson, who hasn’t been treated well by free agency so far. Few teams have been open to the idea of signing Iverson and those who are aren’t willing to make a major commitment.
More: Iverson Headed Overseas?
1. Iverson is no longer a star. Last season’s debacle in Detroit proved he’s more a blending player; an off-the bench scorer or complimentary piece. Problem is Iverson doesn’t share this sentiment and wants first option minutes, touches, and shots.
2. Money matters. Iverson wants decent dollars because he equates his contract with respect. For instance, he believes taking the veteran’s minimum means he’s a journeyman. This is incorrect. There’s nothing wrong with taking less for the right situation, especially when you’ve had two’ max’ contracts.
3. Unfortunately, playing time and money are scarce for this year’s free agent crop. Coaches don’t have to guarantee minutes or roles and GMs don’t have to back-up the brinks trucks or give out extended terms. Iverson’s demands are unrealistic in the current market.
4. Last year in Detroit was a disaster. When healthy, he struggled. His tendency to dominate the ball didn`t jive with the collectivist Pistons and led to GM Joe Dumars giving him the golden handshake to stay on the injured list. Other teams are leery of adding such a situation.
5. When convenient, the NBA has used hip hop as a marketing tool. When inconvenient, the NBA has shamefully distanced itself from anything hip hop. Right now, is one of those distancing times, so Iverson, the original face of Slam Mag`, isn`t a marketing draw.
There are some valid points, but I wouldn’t agree with all his reasons. #1 – Iverson would still be a star and major draw on any team he is on. After all, he’s just two seasons removed from averaging 25 points per game for Denver. #2 – I think based on the interview from NBA.com, being in a situation where he is wanted and he is “happy” is more important than money at this stage in his career. #4 is clearly because Joe Dumar purely wanted AI for his expiring contract, not because he wanted AI to fit in with Pistons.
Why do you think Iverson is without an NBA team? Leave your comments now.
In other news, here’s a detailed look at Hampton native Steve James crafting “The Trial of Allen Iverson”