Allen Iverson turns down D-League offer
"Allen, while he appreciates the interest the Dallas affiliate has shown in him and that option was there for him if he wanted to take that route, he's not going to that route," said Allen Iverson’s manager Gary Moore.
The Texas Legends have been in a season-long pursuit of the Allen Iverson, and increased those efforts while moving up to the waivers process on Monday after point guard Mike James signed a guaranteed contract for the remaining season with the Dallas Mavericks. Over the past years, 37-year-old Allen Iverson has been given several D-League offers as a means of hoping back onto the radar of other NBA teams, but he’s always looked down on the approach. Moreover, Allen Iverson has also been served with lucrative deals in China, but Allen Iverson always had his eyes set on the NBA.
"I thank Donnie (Nelson, co-owner of Dallas Mavericks) and Dallas for the consideration and while I think the D-League is a great opportunity, it is not the route for me,” Allen Iverson tweeted. “I realize my actions contributed to my early departure from the NBA, should God provide me another opportunity I will give it my all. ... My dream has always been to complete my legacy in the NBA.”
Gary Moore said that Allen Iverson will continue working out to get back in shape for a return “sooner more so than later,” with the possibility of comeback still existing for even this year. Currently, Allen Iverson is working out in North Carolina but he is expected to go over to Chicago sometime soon.
While the 11-time All-Star seems to have reservations about playing in the D-League, to fans it seems as if Iverson has too much bloated opinions about himself. After all, there have been several veteran players who’ve initially started in the D-League on the way to their comeback in the NBA. The Texas Legends have signed 16 former NBA first round picks over the past three seasons, and many of them managed to sneak back on the NBA team’s radar. Guard Antonio Daniels, swingman Chros Douglas-Roberts, as well as big men Sean Williams and Dan Gadzuric are all former Texas Legends players who climbed back into the NBA.
Additionally, it’s been a considerable amount of time since Allen Iverson last played briefs stints in NBA during 2009-10 with the Memphis Grizzlies and the Philadelphia Eagles. Allen Iverson played just three games for the Memphis Grizzlies before developing differences over the minutes assigned to him. Allen Iverson picked on a comeback with his former team the Philadelphia Eagles, who drafted him first overall in the 1996 drafts. The four-time scoring champion Allen Iverson appeared in 25 games (including 24 starts) while averaging 13.9 points 4.1 assists and three rebounds before taking a leave of absence from which he did not return.