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Boston Celtics: Should the Team Pursue Allen Iverson?

CHICAGO - FEBRUARY 20: Allen Iverson #3 of the Philadelphia 76ers moves against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on February 20, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the 76ers 122-90. 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 Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Andrew BockCorrespondent IOctober 28, 2011

Allen Iverson wants to prove that his NBA career isn’t over, despite being out of the league for the past two seasons.  At 36 years of age, most people would probably tell an aging NBA veteran to look for other opportunities, but Iverson isn’t your average player.

Marc Spears of Yahoo! writes that Iverson is willing to accept a deal from any NBA team, he just wants a shot to prove himself again.  Two years out of the NBA appears to have the scoring-machine singing a new tune these days, one that suggests he has a new outlook on his career.

Iverson left the NBA in 2010, amid a host of personal issues (family health, divorce) and never returned to the league, having to settle for a contract in Turkey that was ultimately a failure.

If Iverson is truly ready for an NBA return, and he is in a better place, should the Boston Celtics take a flyer on him?

It’s not a bad idea.  Iverson wouldn’t command a multi-year deal, and he also wouldn’t merit a lucrative contract.  This plays perfectly into the Celtics hands, since the team will be on the lookout for bridge players before the 2012 free agency period, which would potentially see players like Dwight Howard and Gerald Wallace become available.

The Celtics are also short on shooting guards with Ray Allen being the only true two-guard on the roster.  The allure of playing with veterans like Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett could also be a prime factor in Iverson’s decision to sign with Boston if he was presented a deal.

In theory, Iverson still possesses scoring potential and athleticism, despite his age, so the Celtics could always use the extra fire power.  Iverson could also relieve Rajon Rondo for key stretches at a time, something Avery Bradley may never be able to achieve.

Iverson’s attitude will come into question if the Celtics did sign him, but playing with the Big Three, a reliable group of veterans, he would most likely be able to find solace in Boston, something that would be difficult on a younger or less talented team.

Everyone loves to see professional athletes go through the highs and lows of their careers, so while Iverson has been chastised in recent years, he’s a player that could once again be adored if he was able to play for the right team.  The Boston Celtics are that right team.

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