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Allen Iverson can picture himself in Boston green

Nov 14, 2011, 8:36 AM EDT

Former NBA player Allen Iverson waves to his fans after signing a contract with Besiktas in Istanbul Reuters

When we were talking about Boston needing a veteran backup point guard for Rajon Rondo, this is not exactly what we had in mind.

Allen Iverson — out of the NBA last season but trying to get back in — is interested in playing for the Celtics, his manger Gary Moore told the Boston Globe (via CSNNE.com).

“I have already spoken to Allen about that and many other opportunities, and of course he would be interested in anywhere in the NBA but Boston is particularly attractive to him,’’ Moore said, “because of Danny Ainge, the organization, and one of the most respected coaches he knows in the business in Doc Rivers.

“He has the utmost respect for Doc Rivers and the current roster of players. Allen would relish the opportunity to play in that organization.’’

Iverson will turn 36 next season and is coming off an injury (and surgery) that kept him off his Turkish team at the end of last season. The reason he was in Turkey was he could not get an offer from an NBA team after being a disruption (and not particularly good on the court). For him to get back in the NBA, he’s got to first convince a GM that he is physically ready to come back and contribute, then secondly convince that same GM he will not be a locker room distraction.

Can he do all that? Maybe. He may well have matured and be ready to play a role. But do the Celtics — a team with title aspirations but no margin for error — want to test that out? Certainly the Celtics have a strong locker room that could deal with any distractions. But is it worth it for the Celtics to take that risk? And can AI still provide enough on the court to make it worth it, or would Boston be better off going younger (and likely cheaper)?

Ainge is willing to take risks. So maybe Beantown is a possibility. But I wouldn’t bet on it.

  1. allball23 - Nov 14, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    If there is a season. Boston should not sign A.I. he is washed up and would not be able to help Boston win a chip. The team is no country 4 old men

  2. jjmurphy1127d - Nov 14, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    I kind of like this for the Celtics provided he came in with the right attitude, the price and term is right, & he was willing to play the role of Vinnie Johnson/Jason Terry as opposed to being the man. I am assuming he could be 80% of what he was 2-3 years ago – so a workout would be in order to see what kind of shape he is in, how he’s moving, checking he attitude/head, etc. Celtics are old and only have 6 players under contract, so they will need some solid veterans willing to play important roles.

    All of this once again presumes some form of intelligence and accepting of reality will take hold at some point in the current labor negotiations so we have a season to watch.

  3. mjbulls45 - Nov 14, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    DEF SIGN AI…

    if they had him instead of Steph Marbury coming off the bench a few years ago they would have beat the Magic…

    they need a scoring INSTANT OFFENSE guard to come off the bench and score…

    Delonte West, Von Wafer, Nate Robinson, Steph Marbary, etc… NO , I liked Nate , but Doc didnt like him…too much clowning around

    Marbary had 1 good game off the bench with like 12 points in that Magic series of 2009…

    lets also not forget Allen knows KG, Pierce, Ray Allen VERY WELL…. as they all were former locked all stars of the 2000’s….

    A.I. to Boston = ring

  4. seanb20124 - Nov 14, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Recent history suggests he can’t be trusted.

  5. hystoracle - Nov 14, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    He just can’t picture himself at Practice…

  6. havlicekstoletheball - Nov 14, 2011 at 9:28 PM

    If the Celts are going to sign washed-up recidivist lawbreakers, why don’t they call Marvin Barnes? At least he could rebound.

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