Iverson Looking at Options in Memphis

Bleacher ReportContributor IJuly 3, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 14:  Allen Iverson #1 of the Detroit Pistons dribbles the ball against the Los Angeles Lakers on November 14, 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.   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 Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

News came out yesterday that Allen Iverson has shown great interest in signing with the Memphis Grizzles. This is a very risky signing for Memphis. On one hand, Iverson is a very good point guard/shooting guard, but on the other hand, whereever AI seems to go the team gets worse.

The Iverson signing has more upsides than it has downsides. Iverson can really teach Mike Conley and OJ Mayo how to play at the NBA level. A great veteran player always helps a very young team like the Grizzles          

Iverson would have to make some serious sacrifices to make this deal go through. According to the Memphis Grizzles, "Iverson would certainly have to take a major pay cut from the $21 million he earned last season with Detroit. It is believed that the Griz would only entertain Iverson at what they'd deem a reasonable price, and if the 13-year veteran agreed to play off the bench." 

Who knows if Iverson will be interested in taking all these hits to his legacy. He was already benched last season. 

If Iverson decides Memphis isn't the place for him, there are a couple of teams that make sense for him to sign with. One of these teams would be the Miami Heat. They have already shown some interest in Iverson, and they are in dire need of a solid PG/SG.

Another team that could make sense is the Charlotte Bobcats. The Bobcats need that one solid player that could take them over the hump and into the postseason, and once again he would be a great mentor for D.J. Augustin.

--Reid Mueller