Might Allen Iverson Go Back to Philly?

John Azam AzamCorrespondent IJune 7, 2009

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 13:  Allen Iverson #1 of the Detroit Pistons watches on during their game against the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena on December 13, 2008 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Allen Iverson doesn't have a lot of choices of where to go.


You can already rule out some clubs, despite their cap space:

The Clippers won't sign him because their leader is Baron Davis, who plays too similarly to AI.

The Grizzlies won't sign him because they just said they don't want to.

The Nets won't sign him because their leader is Devin Harris, and they like their backcourt chemistry.

The Blazers won't sign him because their leader is Brandon Roy, who plays combo guard much like the Answer.

The Bobcats won't sign him because Michael Jordan thinks Iverson will negatively affect the young players already on the squad.


And there are plenty other teams that won't sign Iverson because he doesn't want to come off the bench. The thing is, though, Allen doesn't have to come off the bench. He is still a top-five player in this league.


These are the teams that might sign him:

The Mavericks might pick him up because Jason Kidd is a free agent and Mark Cuban always brings a surprise.

The Timberwolves have the money and need a veteran leader, so Minnesota is a possible destination.

And lastly, Iverson could go back to Philadelphia. He would return to a place that loves him, a place he has previously spent 10 years. The Sixers could win a championship; they are waiting for just this sort of player.


Andre Miller is a free agent; if he doesn't come back, then Iverson can play the one and and the lineup would look like

PG Iverson

SG Igoudala

SF Young (or whomever)

PF Brand

C Dalembert

It would be a strong group, a bunch that could make the Finals.