“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.