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D-League team reportedly interested in Allen Iverson

01/28/2013 at 8:19 am By

allen iversonAllen Iverson, one of the most influential players in recently memory, hasn’t played in the NBA since 2010 but that isn’t stopping some teams from pursuing him.

According to a report from ESPN the Texas Legends, the D-League affiliate for the Dallas Mavericks, is trying to convince the 37-year old Iverson to give a D-league stint a shot. Here are details:

Sources told ESPN.com that the Legends, who are co-owned by Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson, ramped up their seasonlong pursuit of Iverson on Monday, offering him the chance to resurrect his career.

Iverson has likewise resisted the Legends’ overtures so far this season — as well as a similar offer last season — but sources say that the Legends are trying again now because they’ve moved back to the top of the list in the D-League’s waiver line, meaning they’d have an unobstructed path to signing Iverson if he could be convinced to put his name in the D-League’s player pool.

While Iverson playing for the Legends may seem unlikely, it’s not totally impossible to see happening. The Legends recently added former NBA-ers Delonte West and Rashad McCants to their roster, and 37-year old Mike James was called up by the Mavs earlier this season and was signed by the Mavs for the rest of the season Monday after playing with the Legends.

We don’t know if Iverson still has much left in the tank, but if the Legends can convince the 11-time All-Star and former MVP to come on board it would be something worth monitoring. The Mavs season is on the brink of falling apart, so why not give it a shot? This opportunity can’t be any worse than the soccer offer or failed stint in Turkey that Iverson has gone through over the past couple years.


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