Allen Iverson recently confirmed receiving a contract offer from Greek powerhouse Olympiakos, which he turned down to join the Grizzlies.
Iverson cited difficulties bringing his family to Europe, but added that he still has “enough fuel left in the tank…it does not close the door.” While overseas, A.I. saw Marc Gasol at the EuroBasket tournament (where Spain took gold). He said Gasol “looked good. I can’t wait to take the court with him.”
Source: Red Planet
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.
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