The overwhelming belief among NBA general managers is that Allen Iverson isn't worth all the trouble that could come along with him.
"It's a really dicey question," one general manager said, according to NBA.com.
However, unless he decides to retire, Iverson is likely to find a home before the start of the 2009-10 season.
"As a GM, it would be interesting to find out how many GMs with playoff-caliber teams would be willing to even give the veteran's minimum, where the league picks up a large percentage of the salary," the same executive said. "Even at the minimum, you're going to go through training camp and one or two months of the season trying to get the experiment to be successful. I would venture to say that 30 percent or less of playoff GMs would have him for the minimum."
Iverson isn't opposed to signing a one-year deal, but sources close to the guard claim that the circumstances would have to be right.
"There are different scenarios impacting AI at the same time," another GM told NBA.com. "One of them is economic, another is the recent performance of his last two teams -- Denver and Detroit -- and not necessarily his performance, and another is teams protecting space for next summer.
"All of those line up. Another probable factor is what he's asking for. I don't think it is one thing. It's a multitude of factors."
What do you guys think of this?
Last edited by insidehoops : 08-12-2009 at 11:23 PM.
Plus Sixers are facing luxury tax issues - 5 million in salary plus 5 million in luxury tax. The question becomes - is AI worth 10 million? A lot of teams are saying no.
Iverson returning to Philly would counter the costs of signing him in what he'll bring in extra ticket sales, merchandise for the new 76ers uniforms featuring his number, among other things.
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Id be interested to see how that worked if it did go down, but Iverson would have to make amends with some people in Management positions for the 76ers. But I doubt both sides are at the point where they can do so, since the wounds of his trade are still there.