Allen Iverson Did Not Ink 1-Month Contract to Play in Dominican Republic

Holly MacKenzie@stackmackNBA Lead BloggerMarch 23, 2012

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Allen Iverson will not be playing basketball in the Dominican Republic this Sunday.

One day after Pueblo Nuevo club president Milton Nunez told the Associated Press that Allen Iverson had signed a one-month contract to play for his team, Iverson's manager has shot back saying that his client will not be playing in the Dominican Republic.

From ESPN:

Moore says Iverson is 'shocked' by Nunez's announcement.

Moore says Iverson is still working out, 'waiting for another opportunity.'

Iverson left the NBA in 2010. He was the NBA's MVP in 2001, when he led the Philadelphia 76ersto the NBA Finals. In 14 seasons in the NBA, he averaged 26.7 points. He has also played in Turkey.

Okay, then.

It's sad to think that this is where Iverson's career has gone. While I want nothing more than to see him back in the NBA (and learn how to change his game so he can help a team out and play a few more years), news that he had signed on to play for Pueblo Nuevo at least meant that he was playing basketball again.

Now that his agent has refuted the report, we're back to square one: Allen Iverson working out in a gym somewhere, wondering if he'll get another shot to play basketball for an NBA team. 

Ugh. The truth hurts so badly sometimes. Watching Gilbert Arenas take the court last night in his debut for the Grizzlies made me think about Iverson and his own (nightmarish) turn in Memphis. Watching Marcus Camby, Juwan Howard, even Derek Fisher, it feels like we should still have Iverson in this league.

Will he ever get another shot somewhere? Will he know what to do with it when it comes?

Whether it's the NBA or some league in the Dominican Republic, Iverson needs to be playing basketball again. Here's hoping that the next time we hear from his manager, it'll be to announce a signed deal.