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According to this Yahoo sports columnist, both the Grizzlies and Clippers are no longer pursuing AI.
Don’t expect Allen Iverson to wear a Memphis Grizzlies uniform next season. His chances of suiting up for the Los Angeles Clippers don’t look too good, either.
Two sources with knowledge of the Grizzlies’ plans said Thursday that any negotiations between the team and Iverson were “dead.” Memphis offered Iverson a one-year, $5 million contract with the stipulation that he would likely need to come off the bench. The Grizzlies, however, have not spoken to Iverson or his management team since early July, and neither side appears to have any interest in restarting talks.
“Why would a future Hall of Famer come off the bench for a team that won’t make the playoffs?” said one Western Conference executive.
That makes sense, I can’t see AI willing to go to a team whereby they stipulate that he would need to come off the bench.
Much like the Grizzlies, the Clippers were intrigued by Iverson’s ability to sell tickets, as well as his talent. One agent who had spoken to Clippers officials in recent days said the team was distancing itself from Iverson after acquiring point guard Sebastian Telfair(notes) from the Minnesota Timberwolves and is possibly weighing an offer to free-agent guard Ramon Sessions(notes) – though one NBA source cautioned there was still “some life” in talks between the two sides.
Clippers second-year guard Eric Gordon(notes) stands to be among the most impacted should the team sign Iverson, but he’s kept an open mind (at least publicly) about the possibility he and A.I. could become teammates.
“Iverson is a Hall of Famer,” Gordon said at the Team USA minicamp. “But everyone is talking about how he is a different guy in the locker room and on the court. A.I.’s a big personality. Dude is a warrior. You can always learn from that and take that as an advantage for any of his teammates.
“We almost play the same position, but I’m not too worried about it. Things happen all the time. You just got to adjust.”
It sounds like AI’s options are running low. The two biggest potential teams would be the Miami Heat and the Charlotte Bobcats. Miami would be a best chance for AI to make a final play-offs/finals run, whereas the Charlotte Bobcats would reunite him with Larry Brown, the coach he has had the most success with. What do you think?
In an interview with NBA TV, Free agent guard Allen Iverson told NBA TV that he wants to finish his career in a ‘happy situation.’
Iverson says it’s “unfair” how the media is treating him and his image and says that “the chip on his shoulder” is that much bigger.
Good to hear Iverson say he still has passion for the game.
AI just wants to be in a team where he’s wanted.
“With AI, you look at a guy who is one of the best to ever put on an NBA jersey,” Wade said in an interview with Miami’s WQAM-AM radio this week, “a guy who can still score in the right offense, in the right flow. So you can never turn your nose up at a guy like Allen Iverson.”
His tenure as a Piston officially came to an end Wednesday, when he became an unrestricted free agent. The Pistons did not make him an offer, which surprised no one.
There also have reports that Miami has interest. Wherever he ends up, it will be his fourth team in four seasons, and he will take a huge pay cut, possibly getting $5 million or less. But he said he didn’t care about the money, he just wanted to enjoy basketball again.
“I just want to go somewhere,” Iverson said, “I can be happy to go to practice every day.”
Iverson, 34, remains in the Detroit area tying up loose ends (like waiting for his kids to finish summer school) and contemplating the next step of a journey that began as phenom in Hampton, Va., in the early ’90s and will end when he is inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame five years after he hangs up his sneakers.
The question is where will he go? There are three teams that will be great for him. These three teams can help AI go to the playoffs and then AI will do his job and help his team to make a run in the playoffs.
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