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Apparently, nobody is as interested in Iverson as it seemed

Aug 20, 2010, 8:25 PM EDT

NBA_iverson.jpgThe market for Allen Iverson remains dry. Like Death Valley in June dry.

This morning the rumor on the Web was that the New Orleans Hornets and Orlando Magic were interested in Iverson. It didn’t take long for officials from the Hornets to shoot that idea down.

This afternoon the Magic said they were not interested, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. This really is not a shock — the Magic already have Jameer Nelson as the starting point guard, with Jason Williams and Chris Duhon as backups. Why would they want another point guard? Plus, the Magic philosophy is to get the ball inside and have guards who can shoot the three. Iverson is a career 31 percent shooter from beyond the arc and last season just eight percent of his shots were from three.

On top of all that, the Magic are a team that is in the mix for a championship (or, if you don’t buy that, they at least believe they are) so they are not going to bring in anybody they think might mess with the chemistry.

Remember that every time you read an anonymously sourced rumor, somebody told a reporter that with a motive. Nobody just gives away information. That information may or may not be accurate (or it may be half the story) but there is always a motive for leaking it.

In this case, the most obvious motive comes from the Iverson camp, who needs to drum up interest in signing Iverson. Right now, there is very little interest around the league, so you leak that Iverson’s people talked to these teams, in hopes that other teams read it and jump in. Maybe Iverson’s people called these teams, then leaked that they talked. I don’t know who the source or sources were for the start of this rumor, but this scenario makes more sense to me than the teams leaking it then denying it.

Because what I keep hearing is that after last season in Memphis and Philadelphia, teams are reticent to invite Iverson in the door.

  1. Jay - Aug 20, 2010 at 10:19 PM

    Kurt this rumor was started by an report Sam Amico via his twitter account. I think they do have interest but don’t want to leak it because Iverson’s name becomes such a distraction, they will probably quietly bring him in for a workout and if he shows out then they might sign him. This always happeneds, people find out that a team has interest in a player and that team denies it, but they always end up signing the guy.

  2. Andy D - Aug 20, 2010 at 11:15 PM

    Is his reputation really that bad? I know he hates leaving the court but I can’t really recall the guy ever being suspended for anything….ever. No fights or anything. I saw the 76ers last season when they came to town and the guy had a pretty good game. Out of Shaq, McGrady, and himself he has far and away the most left in the tank.

  3. sheed - Aug 21, 2010 at 1:46 AM

    Andy D. is definitely trippin. The man’s finito for good!
    btw Iverson’s last suspension was less than a year ago on Nov. 11th, 2009 for yelling at the head coach (Memphis) during a bus ride and calling him ‘a dumb fu**’ !
    Look up your facts kid!

  4. Omnius - Aug 21, 2010 at 9:28 AM

    Allen Iverson has always been overhyped, he’s nothing but a self agrandizing ball hog – the model LeBoring James follows. Only a total idiot NBA team would bring Mini Ball Hog on their roster, Memphis and Philly found that out the hard way. How many rings does Iverson have? Yeah zero! Time for the NBA to tell Iverson to buzz off, go play in Europe.

  5. Joe Dumars - Aug 21, 2010 at 9:46 AM

    Detroit, Memphis, and Philly… three big strikes and Iverson’s OUT.

  6. GRiZZ - Aug 21, 2010 at 9:58 AM

    Magic worried about messing up chemistry?
    They had a great team with Turkoglu, Courtney Lee, and Rafer Alston… that was leading them to the NBA Finals.
    But then, Jameer Nelson who had been sitting out injured sees the success the team is having with those guys and all of a sudden wants to play. So Magic ruin the entire chemistry of the team and start Nelson in the middle of the playoffs. Magic end up getting eliminated.
    So then they get rid of Turk, Alston, and Lee… and sign… VINCE CARTER. Not Vince Carter from Toronto. Vince Carter with no ups, no speed, no agility. And the guy has NEVER been able to play defense. Oh, and did I mention he’s old?
    So yeah, I highly doubt chemistry has anything to do with their decision on Allen Iverson or not. Magic ruined what could have been a great team to watch for many years. Hopefully Dwight Howard is smart enough to NOT sign an extension.

  7. Drew - Aug 21, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    The problem with Iverson signing with Orlando isn’t a chemistry issue, it’s that there isn’t anywhere for him to play. The backcourt is a logjam. Iverson could be a solid contributor on New Orleans or a bottom-of-the-pack type team that needs scoring punch, like New Jersey.

  8. Mykey Moda - Aug 21, 2010 at 1:33 PM


  9. CWalken - Aug 21, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    Iverson will always be a contradiction. To half the people he’s the toughest, most blue collar “get hit and get right back up” athlete of his generation. To the other half he’s the cocky “practice?”, his way or the highway guy.
    He’s known as an uneducated thug but yet always gives the most honest well thought out interviews.
    His image is seen as the guy who hates working out, but yet he always had the best stamina in the league.
    Either way just a very interesting, polarizing guy. He obviously can still play at a pretty high level. It’s just will anyone take that chance on him.

  10. DaChamp - Aug 21, 2010 at 7:39 PM

    A.I. should get a shot with LeBron, Wade and Bosh @ Miami that would put them above and beyond All the teams in the league. I would buy tickets every night if I could to see how that would work out

  11. DaChamp - Aug 21, 2010 at 7:42 PM

    A.I. should go to Miami and play with LeBron, Wade and Bosh that would put that team in the elite team status for sure. I would buy tickets to every game that I possibly could to see how That would turn out

  12. DaChamp - Aug 21, 2010 at 7:44 PM

    A.I. should go to Miami and play with LeBron, Wade and Bosh that would put that team in the elite team status for sure. I would buy tickets to every game that I possibly could to see how That would turn out

  13. DaChamp - Aug 21, 2010 at 7:45 PM

    A.I. should go to Miami and play with LeBron, Wade and Bosh that would put that team in the elite team status for sure. I would buy tickets to every game that I possibly could to see how That would turn out

  14. DaChamp - Aug 21, 2010 at 7:49 PM

    A.I. should go to Miami and play with LeBron, Wade and Bosh that would put that team in the elite team status for sure. I would buy tickets to every game that I possibly could to see how That would turn out

  15. Michael - Aug 21, 2010 at 10:02 PM

    No team is going to want to take the chance with Iverson, he had a chance with 2 different teams last year and he messed it up. Best option for Iverson is call it quits, You can not create as many problems as he did last year and expect the other NBA teams to welcome him with open arms, same goes for TMAC, he got lucky that Detroit was willing to take a chance and we will all see how that works out soon.
    For all those saying he should go to Miami, Pat Riley isnt that stupid to bring him in after the events of last season. Iverson wants to be #1 and he can not be that in Miami, he would be #4 more than likely and with his ego it simply would not work.
    Time to Retire…….

  16. sixeriguodala - Aug 21, 2010 at 10:21 PM

    Reply to Michael—“Iverson wants to be #1” WHAT? even in Philly last year he said from the get go that he DOESN’T want to be the man anymore and he showed it in his play. He never even led the team in shots one single time. He always deferred to Iguodala. His Philadelphia season would’ve gone down as a success had his family problems not surfaced. He was a positive force for our team last year. The bad press of his divorce made all of that disappear.

  17. Red Baron - Aug 21, 2010 at 10:42 PM

    I Iverson has one place where it might all work for him and that’s in Miami. While everything at his last 2 stops points to the fact that he can’t handle a reduced role, Pat Riley and the other stars on the team might be enough for AI to check his ego at the door and defer. If so, he might learn to be a traditional drive and kick guard. He may not have the ability to be a scorer anymore, but he has enough speed to make defenses respect his drive, and with those ‘other’ 3 guys hanging around, it could create a lot of opportunities. For the veterans minimum it would be a good pickup for Miami.
    The other good fit would be the Lakers. They could use a good driving PG and Phil and Kobe also have the potential to keep AI in line with the program.
    If those 2 teams can’t pick him up, I think he’s done. I can’t see another team where he’d be satisfied playing a reduced role.

  18. Michael - Aug 21, 2010 at 11:45 PM

    Hey sixer, obviously you dont pay attention to what happened at all last year….Iverson did not want to play 2nd fiddle to anyone, he felt he should of had a bigger role in Memphis by being the star, the attitude got him benched and thats when he left, playing time was not what he wanted when he went back to the sixers, didnt like it, used the family situation as a way to get out it. No one wants the guy….because he doesnt like the idea of having a reduced role, but eventually you have to learn to take it if you are to survive in the league, thats what happened with TMAC as well, but surprisingly it seems TMAC is willing to try to accept it this year with Detroit

  19. sixeriguodala - Aug 22, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    Michael, perhaps YOU should be paying attention. Memphis was clear as day. He complained about being on the bench. Philadelphia is where he changed his attitude. The “Star” attitude was non existent here and it was refreshing. Did you watch the games? I watched all of them. He was perfectly fine with being the 3rd or 4th option. The guy has been humbled after his disasters in Detroit and Memphis. He even said this summer he’s fine with being a bench player. TMAC on the other hand is not and it cost him a spot on a good Chicago team.

  20. maz - Aug 27, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    listen u idiots. iverson is being blackballed out of the nba. the man averages more points, steals , minutes and assists per game than kobe or d-wade and thats career stats. he is being blackballed for being a black person from the ghettos of virginia. get real, will u people. steve nash, dirk nowitzki, jason kidd,baron davis, and a host of average career players have not won a championship so they should go to europe too, right. bottom line iverson is being black listed by the gm’s because of his tatoos and upbringing. the nba has become a sissy leauge.

  21. zig - Sep 3, 2010 at 7:48 PM

    I agree

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