Former NBA star Allen Iverson has not been playing basketball overseas, because he was holding out hopes of a potential NBA comeback. He last played in the league during the 2009-2010 season, but it looks like there is an organization involved with the NBA that is targeting Iverson and hoping to convince him to return.
The Dallas Mavericks Development League affiliate, the Texas Legends, are attempting to give the 37-year-old a chance to resurrect his NBA career, D-League sources told ESPN. Per the ESPN report:
Iverson has likewise resisted the Legends’ overtures so far this season — as well as a similar offer last season — but sources say that the Legends are trying again now because they’ve moved back to the top of the list in the D-League’s waiver line, meaning they’d have an unobstructed path to signing Iverson if he could be convinced to put his name in the D-League’s player pool.
The Legends’ pitch to Iverson centers around the fact they’ve just convinced NBA veterans Delonte West and Rashad McCants to join their team with similar intentions, after the Legends signed another 37-year-old earlier this month — point guard Mike James – and wound up putting James in position to earn a 10-day call-up to the Mavericks that turned into a guaranteed contract after James completed his second 10-day deal Sunday.
If Iverson were to join the Legends, he would join a team that has former NBA slam dunk champion Spud Webb in the front office and former NBA player Eduardo Najera as the head coach.
The D-League would give Iverson the best chance to make one final run in the NBA. If he really wants to ball on a NBA court again, he should give in and suit up for the Texas Legends If all goes well, AI could return to the league and join forces with Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki on the court in Dallas.