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Allen Iverson to continue career with Memphis Grizzlies

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Uncategorized by Andrew on Wednesday 9 September 2009 at 2:52 pm

“God chose Memphis as the place where I will continue my career. I met with Mr. Heinsley, Chris Wallace and my next head coach Lionel Hollins.”  That was Allen Iverson’s twitter post this morning as he has announced that he is ready to sign with the Memphis Grizzlies.  Iverson had career lows in points, steals, and minutes this past season and will probably not get a deal anything close to the $20 million he was pulling down last year.  The number seems to be closer to $3.5 million for the season.

I’m not so sure that this is a good deal for the Grizzlies.  They already have some very talented and already proven young guards in O.J. Mayo and Rudy Gay.  They are also hoping for a big break out year from point guard Mike Conley.  So, Iverson may have to come off the bench, and we all saw how he handled that in Detroit.

When Detroit traded Chauncey Billups to the Denver Nuggets for Iverson last November, the success followed Billups and not Iverson.  Billups helped Carmello Anthony take that next step as a player as they won their division and made it to the Western Conference Finals, where they lost to the eventual NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers.  Detroit on the other hand went 39-43 and Iverson basically quit on the team and was granted a leave from the team from April 3rd on.  The Pistons barely snuck into the playoffs at the 8th spot without Iverson and they were easily swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Iverson’s frustration is bound to return as his situation hasn’t seemed to change much in Memphis, so be ready for a midseason feud with Iverson and the Grizzlies’ coaches.

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  1. Comment by alleyoop — September 12, 2009 @ 8:39 pm

    Maybe Iverson will accept a bench spot more readily this season seeing how he wasn’t getting any free agent offers to start. He played in 57 games (53 starts) last season for the Nuggets and Pistons in which he averaged 36.7 minutes, 17.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game. It appears that he still has some game left and the Grizzlies needed some real firepower off the bench so I don’t see where taking a flyer on a Hall of Famer is a bad thing. A.I. has now played in 886 games (877 starts) in his NBA career and he has averaged 41.4 minutes, 27.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 2.2 steals per game.

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