Opportunity Knocking: Could Iverson End Up In Cleveland?
This may just be speculation or it could seriously make intense rivalries in the Eastern Conference. Could the Cavs try and pick up another ageing star who is in search of a championship?
Yes, I'm talking about "Mr. High-Scorer" himself, Allen Iverson.
It would not be surprising to me if the Cavs went after Iverson in free agency this year. Think, Cav's want a championship and A.I. wants a Championship.
GM Danny Ferry should really look into signing A.I. The Cavs are willing to do anything to keep LeBron in Cleveland and win a championship.
Looking at the Cav's salaries and this years free agents, not to mention the new Chinese investors acquiring Allen Iverson should not be that hard of a task. Looking at the Cav's expiring contracts they are going to have a lot of cap room especially if they don't resign Wally Szczerbiak whose contract is $13 million. Also, another little known fact is former point guard Eric Snow was still under a $7 million dollar contract until after this season.
With the contracts of Wally Szczerbiak and Eric Snow alone the Cavs have relieved $20 million in cap space.
Everyone knows A.I. is probably going to have a high asking price but, maybe not.
Last year, A.I. made nearly $22 million. We all know his salary is going to take a gigantic spike this season due to the Piston's benching him mid way through the season. I could conceivable see him asking for $12 to $13 million this off season, which is not a very high asking price.
Now, things are starting to come into focus. The money is not a problem but, maybe the the team chemistry is or some people may ask "Why would they sign him?".
Well, it is quite simple. The only real competition in the Eastern Conference are the Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic. Boston already has their squad together with Rondo, Allen, Pierce,Garnett, and Perkins and the Magic do to with Nelson, Turkoglu, Lewis, Howard and newly acquired Vince Cater.
The Cavs still have to make a move to match the Magic aquiring Vince Carter and what better way to do that then sign Allen Iverson.
I will admit that if they were to acquired Iverson team chemistry could be in danger. A.I. horrific stint with the Piston might be evidence that he can't co-exist with other stars but, I think his urn for a NBA championship will allow him to suppress his ego.
If the Cavs acquired Iverson the could be serious contenders. How could teams defend them with James and Iverson in the back-court and Shaq in the front-court. Who would they double? How would teams play help side defense without leaving someone open?
Right now this is just speculation. On Wednesday the official free agency period strats and we will see who how much speculation my assertion is.
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