Posted on: November 19, 2009 11:57 am
Knicks on verge of signing Iverson - By Alan Hahn, Newsday .com: Allen Iverson has told associates he is prepared to come to New York and resuscitate not only his Hall of Fame career but also a desperate franchise trying to pacify its frustrated fans as it bridges the gap to 2010.
Though no decision has been officially made by the Knicks, indications are that the Iverson Era - however brief it may be - could begin as early as Thursday night after the 34-year-old former MVP clears waivers at 6 p.m. It may all hinge on how both sides come out of a conversation that is expected to take place Thursday.
"We wouldn't be considering it if we thought we were functioning well and we're not," Walsh said of the Knicks, who went into last night's game against the Pacers with a 1-9 record. "And I want to make sure if we do something like this it's the right thing to do."
Walsh said if the Knicks, who like Newsday are owned by Cablevision, do offer Iverson a contract - likely the $1.4 million veteran's minimum - it will be done immediately after he clears waivers.
Miami Heat also interested - By Frank Isola, NY Daily News .com: Iverson, a former MVP, is expected to clear waivers at 6 p.m. today and will become an unrestricted free agent.
The Knicks could have competition from Miami, who according to a person close to Iverson said the team is "hot" after him.
"Until something's done it's not done," Walsh said. "That's the way I've always been. If he's not signed it's not done."
It's worth remembering that Walsh used similar language days before Mike D'Antoni was hired as coach. Walsh has spent the past few days calling his inner circle of NBA friends about Iverson. One of those calls was to Larry Brown, the former Knicks coach, who was with Iverson in Philadelphia when the Sixers went to the NBA Finals.
Posted on: November 18, 2009 4:44 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2009 4:49 pm
By Brian Schmitz, Orlando Sentinel Staff Writer: Allen Iverson and all his baggage are available after officially parting ways Monday with the Memphis Grizzlies. A big believer in team chemistry, Smith, surprisingly, didn't reject the notion out of hand when asked about the 10-time all-star. But he's a long shot at best.
"It's hard to say. You have to evaluate it and like everything else, it has to make sense for your team," Smith said. "I just got the news [on Nelson] a few hours ago, so I can't rule out anything yet. You have to take a step back. That's how we do things." Asked specifically about Iverson, Smith said, "He's still out there, isn't he? I think he'll be on somebody's roster before the year is over."
Iverson signed with Memphis this summer after leaving the Detroit Pistons in a huff, but left the Grizzlies for personal reasons Nov. 7, appearing in just three games. The Grizzlies ended their one-year contract with Iverson, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Iverson's agent, Leon Rose, did not immediately return a call from the Sentinel late Tuesday afternoon. "I'm not in a hurry to do anything. We will do our due diligence," Smith said. "We have two point guards and another who will be out four to six weeks."
Smith said things might be different if Nelson were sidelined for the season -- like he was last February when he sustained a regular-season-ending shoulder injury. The Magic acquired Rafer Alston from the Houston Rockets after Nelson was hurt.
"If he were out for a longer period it might cause you to do other things," Smith said.
Posted on: November 9, 2009 11:32 am
Edited on: November 10, 2009 11:43 am
By Ronald Tillery, The Commercial Appeal - Allen Iverson is contemplating retirement if he doesn't rejoin the Grizzlies, according to a source with knowledge of the veteran guard's situation.
Iverson left the team Saturday after receiving permission from Griz owner Michael Heisley to deal with a personal matter. The stress associated with a family issue plus Iverson's frustration over playing a reserve role might spell the end of his 14-year NBA career, according to the source.
Heisley said he's not been given any indication that Iverson might be leaning towards retirement, and still is holding out hope that the 10-time All-Star will return to Memphis.
"I just think if he was going to retire, he'd tell me first," Heisley said. "I expect him to come back. If he does retire, I'll be tremendously disappointed. I feel bad because I don't think that's the way he should go out."
Iverson, who traveled from Los Angeles to his Atlanta home over the weekend, was granted an indefinite leave of absence. He has not asked to be traded or waived.
The Griz signed Iverson in the offseason to a one-year, $3.1 million contract, and can't trade him until Dec. 15.
Posted on: August 20, 2009 11:28 am
The Charlotte Observer reports that coach Larry Brown would enjoy the chance to bring veteran free agent Allen Iverson to the Bobcats roster, but Brown says there are "major" issues preventing the team from pursuing Iverson.
"One is the money; we wouldn't want to make him an offer that would insult him," Brown said, as quoted by the Observer . "And with three small guards 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."
Although Brown coached Iverson in Philadelphia previously and the two didn't always get along, Brown is still positive about the idea of working with Iverson again, if not for the roadblocks in the way.
"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."
Posted on: August 7, 2009 10:43 am
The Miami Herald reports that a source close to free agent Allen Iverson says that Pat Riley reached out to the 10-time All-Star recently, expressing "continued interest" in bringing Iverson to the Miami Heat.
While the source told the Herald that the Heat had yet to make Iverson a firm offer, Riley told Iverson's representatives that he would be in touch soon. The source claimed that Riley told Iverson's people "before [Iverson] considers accepting any [other] offer, to please get back with him."
Posted on: August 3, 2009 2:13 pm
Lithuania-based Basketworld.lt is reporting that Olympiacos is looking to extend a two-year $10 million contract offer to free agent Allen Iverson. And with nothing else on the table for the 13-year NBA veteran, a move to Europe might be looking quite appealing right about now.
Posted on: July 13, 2009 1:45 pm
The Miami Heat didn't waste any time in offering Dwyane Wade a contract extension, in hopes of retaining him before he hits the free agent market next summer. Sunday was the first day the Heat were legally allowed to make Wade an offer, and they did so immediately -- but Wade, so far, is tight-lipped about the offer.
"There's nothing further to discuss other than I got a call at 12:01," Wade said, as quoted by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Pat Riley and Wade's agent, Henry Thomas, both confirmed that the deal offered to Wade was a three-year contract of maximum proportions. CBSSports.com's Ken Berger further reported that the maximum Miami could offer Wade under the collective bargaining agreement is a four-year, $86.6 million deal. It is not yet known what the price tag is on the three-year deal Wade was offered on Sunday.
While they wait for D-Wade to decide, the Heat are also at the top of the list of teams looking to snag unrestricted free agent Allen Iverson from Detroit.
The Miami Herald reports that Iverson asked for a one-year deal with Miami for the $5.8 million midlevel exception. Miami is reportedly hoping to get Iverson in the range of $2 million or less per year, while Iverson is also shopping his wares to Charlotte and Memphis.
Posted on: January 25, 2009 11:49 am