Miami Heat Will Sizzle With Allen Iverson

Gabe AllenContributor IJuly 16, 2009

CLEVELAND - FEBRUARY 22:  Allen Iverson #1 of the Detroit Pistons brings the ball up court against the Cleveland Cavaliers on February 22, 2009 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland won the game 99-78. 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 Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The possible suitors for former MVP Allen Iverson at this stage appear to be the Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors, and Miami Heat.

The first three teams on this list are all lottery bound. Iverson has already expressed his interest in joining the Heat for a one-year contract.

If the Heat and Iverson join together, Miami will be a dangerous team capable of winning the whole thing.

As it stood last season, the Miami Heat were certainly not contenders. They lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Atlanta Hawks in seven games, and it was clear that Dwyane Wade needed a better supporting cast. I dare you to name me a better starting backcourt than Allen Iverson and Dwyane Wade.

Those two stars will join James Jones, one of the NBA's most deadly three-point shooters, Udonis Haslem, the team's ultimate garbage guy, and Jermaine O'Neal, a nice guy to have at the last line of defense.

Add the fact that they have Mario Chalmers and Michael Beasley coming off the bench, and this team has some depth too.

Those who suggest Iverson's career to be in serious decline fail to recognize that the season before last, he posted averages of 26 points, seven assists, and two steals.

Last season he was dealt to a Detroit Piston team that made the trade for cap space and had already dubbed Rodney Stuckey the guard of the future. They shuffled the lineups often and never started Iverson with Richard Hamilton as the other guard.

If the Heat and Iverson come together, they will be the sleeper team in the East that no one wants to face come playoff time.

But hopefully Iverson will get an offer from an unlikely team that will win instead.

Cough. Philadelphia. Cough.