Tag: free agency
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.
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The Detroit Pistons haven’t been playing very well the past couple games. On Wednesday, they lost 99-95 to the Atlanta Hawks, a team they could potentially face in the first round of playoffs. Iverson missed the loss at Chicago on Tuesday with flu-like symptoms and put up a game-high 28 points in Wednesday’s loss despite still feeling sick.
“I am still just really lightheaded,” Iverson said after the game. “That was my problem. … I was just dizzy at times. I actually threw up at a time-out, so I was struggling. I was really weak.”
Despite the recent struggles, Iverson said the team needs to stick together. With the trade deadline approaching, he was asked if he wants to continue to play with the current group of players.
“But I would love to continue to fight with these guys, especially with everything not being peaches and cream. … The type of person that I am, is when things are down, having enough character to turn things around.
We’re still seeing a positive energy from Iverson, which is a good sign. As the Detroit Pistons enter the second half, hopefully they can turn things around. They will likely still enter the playoffs as a 4th or 5th seed, and they’ll still be a force to reckon with. Even if this season doesn’t pan out, then Iverson can look forward to free agency at the end of the season. It would be the first time as a free-agent in his career. Be sure to catch Iverson in action on Sunday’s All-Star game as the starting point guard.