Allen Iverson informed the Philadelphia 76ers Wednesday morning that he will accept their one-year, non-guaranteed offer.
The team did not disclose the contract details. If Iverson received the pro-rated veterans minimum, the deal would be worth $1,029,794. He could get the full veterans' minimum of $1,306,455 if the Sixers signed him with the mid-level or $1.99 million contract exception.
"In light of the recent injury to Lou Williams, which will sideline him for close to eight weeks, we felt that Allen was the best available free agent guard to help us at this time," team president Ed Stefanski said.
Team officials met face-to-face with Iverson and his representatives for nearly two hours Monday.
Iverson announced his retirement last week after an ill-fated stint with the Memphis Grizzlies. The 10-time All-Star was NBA MVP in 2001 when he led the Sixers to the NBA Finals.
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What good could this possibly do for the Sixers...
Sometimes you just have to realize that making the seventh or eighth seed in the playoffs, just is not worth as much as the maturation or promising young talent and the possibility of a much better draft pick. They have almost no chance of actually winning a championship, unless somehow AI turns into Kobe on Monday, so why bring in Iverson? It is not their worry that he is no longer in the league, it isn’t their duty to make poetic justice by having him retire on the same team he started with, I personally think in the end this move just hurts them. What they really need to do is figure out; why with all these good players they are not winning, and I am pretty sure the "Answer" this time is not Allen Iverson.
I hope he makes us better!! Cause we NEED to get better
this definitely brings people to watch the gms... FINALLY FANS IN THE STANDS.. iggy couldnt bring em in, Brand the same.. We finally have a star back for at least one season, to make basketball worth watching.. Ive watched every sixers game to date and they look worse than they have in a LOOOONG TIME... (drama or not, ill be tuning in).. Now AI can hopefully retire a sixer (the way it should be), and we can watch some drama filled b-ball for a season..
i did not add above... (philly was as of last week, was DEAD LAST IN ATTENDANCE)
outside of iggy philly is a BORINGGG team. theire like sucky spurs. i think AI is a low risk high reward move for them
I dont understand how so many people are doubting this move, I personally believe that its a win, win for philly. For one its not going to hurt Lou Williams cause lets be honest he is better suited to be that scoring 6th man ala poor mans jamal crawford. Jrue holiday is a 6'4 combo guard, I dont think anyone would mind him cutting into willie green's mins as he matures more. Philly needed a star to bring back some fans as well as energy back into wachovia, we all know Iverson is capable of that. I hope going back to were it began will allow him to focus on proving every team that doubted him wrong and push philly into the playoffs.
Couldn't be happier with this move. Sixers have no direction and a ton of huge contracts so atleast I can watch my favorite player of all-time now. Got tix in 117 for monday night, can't wait!
You made some good points and I respect your opinion, but the NBA is about more than just winning and developing young talent... It's also about making money... Making a profit and exciting your fan base. The 76ers are dead last in attendance and the team is boring. They're not winning, they're not exciting and the fans aren't showing up... When Iverson played for them, they sold out every home game. The stands will not be empty once Iverson puts on that 76ers jersey with #3 on the back lol... I can promise you that!
Not to mention they need guard help and Iverson happens to be the best guard on the market. Williams is out 8 weeks with a broken jaw and Holiday is still wearing diapers and riding on training wheels. People are overblowing Iverson stunting their growth. For one, this is Williams' 5th season and I think it's clear what he can and can't do by now. Holiday is just a puppy... A year of watching won't hurt him.
This isn't even a risky move either. If Iverson acts up, they can release him. His contract is very organization friendly. Is this a good move? It remains to be seen. However, it's not as big as a risk as people are making it out to be. I see more good than bad coming out of this.
I was watching Philly's games, and it reminded me of Phillips Arena before the Hawks started winning. It's like, unless the 76ers have a superstar player coming in from the OTHER team, fans didn't show up. That's pretty bad. But yes, hopefully and more important to me as a fan, the move to get Iverson helps to make us better overall as a team. It's just good to have him back. It kinda gives you the feel of a girlfriend coming back to you after you screwed up, if you see what I mean.
Just a question... Do you guys honestly think Iverson will be a team player in Philly? His last two attempts at relocation fail miserably. Like Tezo said Holiday is the youngest player in the league and probably not ready to play starting pg for anyone, but when Williams gets back is Iverson going to care if his minutes are cut or is he going to suck it up as long as they annouce his name in the starting 5? Maybe Thompson and Brown leveled with him and put things in perspective for him, but the last year and a half has just been Iverson crying about not starting and wasting his talent in street clothes. Going in to this remarriage of Iverson and Philly I'll admit I'm pretty skeptical, it just seems like a ploy to put fans in the seats for a team who is going to be the 1st or 2nd team out of the playoffs, but I honestly wouldn't mind if Iverson proved me wrong.
I didn't know this topic was Allen Iverson love fest for people who undoubtedly buy this as a great move, I guess I posted on the wrong thread.
The biggest issue that everyone is talking about with the Iverson signing is what that will do to Lou, and Jrue in terms of growth. Lou is going to get minutes behind Iverson and occasionally him and AI will play together, as for Jrue he is just not ready. But more importantly Iverson is what Philly needs, a go to scorer and general to lead them to war. As long as his mind is right I dont see this failing we all know the talent is their even at 34.
I hear you, I know he can still play and they could use a vet, my skepticism is simply rooted in his attitude, his stints in Memphis and Detroit it got in the way, like I said I'd love for him to prove me wrong, I just need to see him play with them before I'm sold
He is not a good move to me. I feel once Lou Williams come back, he's not gonna want to come off the bench.
It would also be downright foolish to make Lou sit on the bench when he gets back either.
What I was trying to say at the end of my post was that Philly needs to address bigger problems with their lineup than just missing a PG for a month or two, they have some seriously over contracted and underachieving players that could do with a change in scenery. But I do understand where the monetary aspect of this argument comes in, and I also think that some other fresh faces might also get some fans in the stands, I just get the feeling though that Iverson is going to be more trouble in the end than good.
I hear what you saying Joe, I totally agree. I hope that all he's been through and almost being forced to retire has humbled him a little. Im also hoping he has a chip on his shoulder for all the teams that passed on him. QHaynes I dont really think Lou has done enough to merit him not coming off the bench. Philly had WAY too much talent to be on the bottom of the barrel, a change was needed before it got worse.
u also gotta remember two things
Philly started slow 3 years in a row.
New Coach & New System
Im being honest. If the Sixers are still under 500 but the time Lou Williams is cleared ( He's saying he's looking to come back in 6 weeks on Twitter) The Sixers should not keep Iverson at the PG spot. I say let Williams keep his job.
They have some winnable games but they have some tough streaks...alot of them.
Oklahoma City, Charlotte, Denver, Detroit, Houston are there next 5.
Sixer fans bring out your Sixers Jersey #3 from your closet! The Answer is coming home!
A lot of y'all aren't thinking about the fact that Iverson has already played for this organization. There are a few new faces and some that aren't there anymore, but they all know who Iverson is. Iverson knows them. The fans know Iverson. Aaron McKie is on the coaching staff. Iverson played with a few players that are still with the team. This won't be anything like the situations in Detroit and Memphis where they really didn't know Iverson nor did Iverson know them.
They'll figure out who to start when Williams returns.
IMO, this puts guys in their correct positions. It makes AI9 the second option and Brand the third. This is where they are in this point of their careers. I think that AI9 is just like Scottie Pippen. Right now, he is playing for the Blazers and is lost without his MJ. AI9 now is going to have his MJ in AI3. I am in no way saying that they are going to be like that, but AI9 is better suited as a second option just like Pippen. The Sixers now have something that they didnt have before. They have a guy who defiantly knows how to score. Before, Iggy was having to do it all and sometimes Brand would help a little. Now Iggy can sit back and rebound more, create more, and maybe score more efficiently when AI3 draws a double or something. I feel like this signing is a long shot but, its worth a try. I think that AI3 can still be a first option and he can still run a team. Maybe now that he has help, he will be more of a leader. I hate to see a GOAT go out like he is trying to.
This move is mostly about money they have one of the lowest attendance in the league he will definitely bring people back to the arena. Also they need another guard that can score consistently I dont know what this will do for the growth of their team but I think it makes them slightly better. But in the end its always about money they gotta pay the bills and Iverson fills the seats in philly thats what its all about.
basketballalan, you have to look at this from a business stand point as well as winning. iverson is gonna bring more fans and is gonna bring more revenue with jersey sales, booble heads,shirts,etc. on top of philly making millions more if they make it to the playoffs because of the extra game. i mean i havn't even really watched philly games but now that iverson is back me and my friends( and im sure many more people) are gonna make sure we watch some games
I agree that it will bring in more money, and probably a lot more money. I just feel that they are stunting their growth to make money in the short term. It might turnout great for Philly, but they are taking a huge risk in bringing Iverson back in, it seems to me that this move is high risk, high reward. I just hope they do not simply stop there and call it a day, they need to do more than just bring back Iverson; they need to start exploring other trade scenarios as well.
the reason why i dont think its that risky is because they aren't a threat to really do anything this year and even less with spighets and williams out. and the fact that they gave iverson a non guarantee is pretty smart, so if he starts acting up they can just cut him