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Allen Iverson: 5 Possible Destinations for the Former NBA MVP

Pete Moye'Contributor IIIJune 11, 2011

Allen Iverson: 5 Possible Destinations for the Former NBA MVP

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    TORONTO - NOVEMBER 8:  Allen Iverson #3 of the Philadelphia 76ers rests his hands on his head during the game against the Toronto Raptors  on November 8, 2006 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. The Raptors defeated the Sixers 106-104. NOTE TO US
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    Allen Iverson has made it clear that he wants to play in the NBA.

    Since leaving the Denver Nuggets during the 2008-09 season, it had led to him playing in disastrous situations with the Pistons, Grizzlies, a second stint with the Sixers and overseas in Turkey with Besiktas Cola Turka.

    He’s been a controversial player his whole career and once again he is looking for an NBA team who is willing to take a chance on him.

    Here are five potential places he could end up.

Boston Celtics

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    BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 25:  Paul Pierce #34 and Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celitcs cheer on their teammates in the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers on January 25, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Cavali
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    The Celtics are a team who has recently experimented with acquiring players who are nearing the end of their careers, i.e., Sam Cassel, Rasheed Wallace and PJ Brown.

    Allen Iverson could be a mentor to starting guard Rajon Rondo, who needs some one to teach him how to be a scorer.

    And while many would consider Iverson’s attitude a liability, Boston’s Big Three (Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett) would not let him get out of hand.

Los Angeles Lakers

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    EL SEGUNDO, CA - MAY 31:  Mike Brown, the new head coach for the Los Angeles Lakers, speaks during his introductory news conference at the team's training facility on May 31, 2011 in El Segundo, California. Brown replaces Lakers coach Phil Jackson, who re
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    The Lakers may be a club due for a roster overhaul after the retirement of Phil Jackson.

    While new coach Mike Brown is definitely going to instill a defensive presence in this team, he will have to address matters on offense.

    And let’s all be realistic.

    Kobe Bryant isn’t what he used to be.

    If he ever needed help in his career, it will be this season.

    Iverson did average 35.6 points against the Lakers in the 2001 NBA Finals, so he may be an upgrade over the soon-to-be 15-year veteran Derek Fisher.

Chicago Bulls

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    CHICAGO, IL - MAY 26:  Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls reacts against the Miami Heat in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 26, 2011 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly ac
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    MVP Derrick Rose proved he couldn’t do it alone in this year’s playoffs.

    He averaged 40.6 points per game and the Bulls were still defeated 4-1 by the Miami Heat.

    Rose needs some help on the offensive end and Iverson could provide that assistance.

    Iverson was once himself the slashing type of guard that Rose has flourished into and Iverson’s experience would be nothing but useful to him.

Cleveland Cavaliers

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    CLEVELAND - MARCH 29: Baron Davis #85 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates after his team scored against the Miami Heat during the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 29, 2011 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expres
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    The Cleveland Cavaliers went 19-63 this season and missed the playoffs.

    That officially dismisses them the right to not analyze every trade, signing or draft prospect to make them better.

    While they do have the No. 1 and No. 4 picks, this is a very weak draft compared to past years and point guard is not the way to go.

    Derrick Williams out of Arizona is going to end up being the first selection and he is going to need to get the ball from someone.

Sacramento Kings

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    Iverson to the Kings sounds great from a business point.

    Former NBA MVP, Rookie of the Year, 11-time All-Star, four-time scoring champion going to a team who’s quite possibly playing for the season in Sacramento.

    And from a basketball standpoint?

    Sacramento fans would fill the Power Balance Pavilion to capacity to witness Iverson on the break dishing the ball to either DeMarcus Cousins or Tyreke Evans.

    He could be possibly fill the distributor role and be a tremendous upgrade over Beno Udrih.

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