NBA Rumors: Allen Iverson Would Be Great Signing for Boston Celtics' Bench

Mike ChiariFeatured Columnist IVApril 11, 2017

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 26:  Basketball player Allen Iverson speaks during a news conference at the Thomas & Mack Center to announce the Las Vegas Superstar Challenge October 26, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The three-game tournament will take place at the Thomas & Mack Center on November 12 and 13, 2011, and will feature four teams made up of NBA players, former NBA players and rookies. Iverson will serve as a captain for one of the teams.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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When the NBA season, and free agency in particular, resumes in December, the Boston Celtics will have plenty of roster spots to fill. Because of their cap situation, those spots will need to be occupied with low-level and mid-level exceptions, as well as those signed for minimum contracts.

Boston will be a desirable location for veterans looking for a chance to win a championship. While there may not be a ton of valuable veteran contributors available, one that would make a lot of sense for the Celtics would be guard Allen Iverson.

Iverson essentially walked out on the Memphis Grizzlies and Philadelphia 76ers during his last stint in the NBA, but after some time in Turkey, he is reportedly ready to return to the NBA and lists the Celtics as the top team he would like to play for.

While Iverson has had great success over the course of what may be a Hall-of-Fame career, he has often been viewed as selfish. That attitude wouldn't fly on a veteran-laden team like the Celtics, but I honestly don't believe it will be a problem.

One of the main issues Iverson had with the Grizzlies, 76ers and even Detroit Pistons was that he felt he wasn't being used correctly. At this point, he seems to know that he is little more than a bench player at his age, so he won't lobby for playing time ahead of the likes of Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen.

With so many other veterans surrounding him, Iverson should be able to mesh well with the team and bring a lot to the table with his experience and scoring ability. Boston lacked explosion at times last season, but Iverson should able to provide that on the offensive end in short spurts off the bench.

There is no question that he isn't the player he once was, but the Celtics likely won't find a better option for the veteran minimum than Iverson. With retirement very much on the horizon, AI likely only wants to come back for one thing, and that is to win a championship.

Because of that, he is going to do absolutely anything that is asked of him. The Celtics could take the easy way out and sign some low-impact veteran with a good reputation like Juwan Howard, but the pay off would be negligible and perhaps even non-existent.

Iverson hasn't always been the ideal teammate and he's a shell of his former self, but he can still provide some offense off the bench, and that is something the Celtics could use. The financial commitment would be very small, so at the first sign of trouble, Iverson could be cut.

Everything points to him being a model citizen should the Celtics sign him, though, so I don't think general manager Danny Ainge will regret it.