Wednesday , Aug , 05 , 2009 Oly Sandor

Is the NBA trying to banish Allen Iverson to Europe?

The whole thing is off. Something isn’t right. I don’t believe times are so rough financially that no NBA team can afford Mid Level Exception money for a former MVP. I also don’t believe no team has starter or sixth-man minutes for possibly the greatest little man of all time …

Is the NBA trying to banish Allen Iverson to Europe?Breaking NBA news mixed with analysis …

Their News: For the first time this summer Allen Iverson has received an offer close to his liking, just not from an NBA team. Olympiacos is reportedly close to proposing a two-year contract worth $10 million to Iverson, the exact same deal that Nate Robinson turned down. The main competition in the NBA for Olympiacos is the Miami Heat and New York Knicks. (HoopsWorld via CNNSI Truth and Rumours)

My Gut Reaction: I don’t want him going out like that.

Instead of ending his Hall of Fame career playing relevant basketball in America, it seems Allen Iverson will finish up in Europe. There is nothing wrong with the Greek league, but it’s starting to feel like the NBA is trying to banish The Answer.

The whole thing is off. Something isn’t right.

I don’t believe times are so rough financially that no NBA team can afford Mid Level Exception money for a former MVP. I also don’t believe no team has starter or sixth-man minutes for possibly the greatest little man of all time.

Was Detroit that big a fiasco? Sure, Iverson could have handled things differently and must shoulder some blame. Yet, the circumstances -being acquired just for your expiring contract- were tough. And the team was dysfunctional, with or without Iverson.    

I admit my stance may seem odd since I recently wrote a piece listing five reasons Iverson was unsigned. This was an attempt to counter the whispers that Commissioner Stern and 30 GMs were somehow in cahoots to excommunicate Iverson.

I still don’t think there’s a conspiracy. I also don’t think a European exile is warranted, especially when Iverson would be accepting the exact offer Nate Robinson refused. Thankfully, there is time for an NBA club to sweeten the pot or for the 10-time All-Star to soften his demands.

Hopefully, something happens. Iverson deserves to end his career playing meaningful basketball in the NBA.

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