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Monday, July 13th, 2009 at 11:00 am  |  45 responses

The A.I. Derby: Three-Team Race

According to the Grizzlies’ owner, Miami is the early favorite to land The Answer: “I think he’s got three teams he’s talking to,’ Michael Heisley said, referring to the Grizzlies, Heat and the Charlotte Bobcats, who are widely presumed to be interested because Iverson’s former coach, Larry Brown, has said he’s open to coaching Iverson again. ‘Obviously I would think that the odds-on favorite would be Miami, because Dwyane Wade would like to get with him and I think that would be where [Iverson and agent Leon Rose] would like to go. But we’re still talking to them and we’ll see what happens.’”

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  • http://www.twitter.com/mansonovic Mansonovic

    Michael Beasley just died a little inside…

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    AI’s not coming here.

  • http://slamonline.com DONONE

    bobcats or heat, hopefullly multi-year, dude cant waste one more year

  • Clockwork

    For God’s sake NOT THE GRIZZLIES!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    ^I second Clockwork’s statement.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    I don’t understand why D-Wade wants him so bad. Guys like Kobe, Wade, Bron, Brandon Roy… they only need a pg who’s a secure ballhandler and who can hit shots. That’s it. They don’t need a pg to dominate the ball.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    Memphis should just sign Marcus Williams. the kid had 17 assists last night.

  • http://adfji.com Jukai

    Z: Miami ain’t winning anything anytime soon, might as well throw a one-year deal at AI to see how it works. That or tank on purpose and try to land another high draft pick -again.-

  • riggs

    GO TO THE BOBCATS. jeez what is with this dude…

  • IndyB

    AI will not help the Heat

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    F this none of those teams are a very good fit.

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    The nation’s third-largest gambling center is 30 minutes south of Memphis. AI on the grizz makes way more sense than him on the Heat.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Z-Wade doesn’t “want him so bad”, he’s just being respectful in answering a reproter’s question. What’s he gonna say -”hel1 nah, we don’t need no AI in the MIA, that was a stupid question”? In fact, I kinda wish he had answered like that. We would be talking about that instead of the “is Dwyane gonna stay” crap.

  • underdog

    A.I. to MIA? I don’t see why it’s a so great idea. He should go to Charlotte.

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    Go to the Heat please….thus ensuring D-Wade’s departure.

  • Anony Mous

    If Memphis got Thabeet, Randolph and Iverson in one offseason they could either be a 35 win team or a train wreck.. I love how 35 wins isn’t a train wreck for a team that has been rebuilding for like 4 years…

  • J

    Allen Iverson would be a great asset to any team, he works very hard in every game and is hungry for a championship.
    He has always given 100% to every team.
    Detroit never welcomed him, all their attention was on Stuckey who was not ready for it.
    AI and Wade would be an incredible combination!

  • http://www.nba.com JE

    How different of a fit would AI in Miami be from AI in Denver? Let’s not forget that Denver team won over 50 games, and that was in the West. Might not be too bad of an idea.

  • http://www.nba.com JE

    …assuming they start running more.

  • jdote

    i kinda think he should go to the bobcats… but im not sure where their head is at.. they have two solid pgs.. no 2 guards

  • Bro D.

    AI, please don’t bankrupt the Bobcats. And jdote, they have Raja Bell who does qualify as a 2 guard.

  • Josh D

    Wade would like to get with him?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Can’t see how Miami would work.
    Iverson just needs to go back to Philly. Lol.

  • breeze

    iverson should just changed sports hes bball days is expired…hes a cancer

  • jdote

    my bad.. i knew they had raja bell i just meant no like no star. wut about him goin to NOH.. antonio daniels is not cuttin it in janero pargo’s role.

  • jose

    i cant belive its gotten 2 the point where A.I is unwanted.that sux for him. i dont want him in MIA.we need a real tradional pg. not a scoring pg

  • you’ll see

    Just wait, whether AI comes or not. The Grizz will surprise many next year. Quite frankly though, no one has a chance against LA’s ridiculous team.

  • http://allanzuss@yahoo.com Mendel

    BOBCATS PLEASE, I don not see how two guys whoo nedd the rock in Miami will work out

  • riggs

    lol @ jose saying he cant believe its gotten to the point AI is unwanted, then right after saying he doesnt want him.

  • Tenorca

    I’d love to Iverson in a Jet/Maggette type 6th man role on a legit squad. THAT could work in Miami, Detroit experiment notwithstanding. Or a starter in Charlotte. Just keep him off Memphis, a.k.a. The Southern Clippers.

  • Jon

    I would love to see AI sign a contract in Miami, at least then wade has some more help.

    seeing as orlando and and the hawks signed some key players.

    having wade play the 1 and AI the 2 looks nice on paper

  • Stan

    I really want to see AI play with really good players, like Kobe or Garnett, he has been playing with sucky teams where his role is always the lead scorer. How can someone so good be worth just $2M a year when Verajao gets $7M. AI deserves to play with a championship team. I’d trade Mo Williams for AI, at least AI has real game.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    Grizzles? With Mayo and Conley already at guard? That would be a poor move by them, surely. He’ll go to whoever pays the most, right? Like he needs the money. ‘I just wanna win’. Yeah ok.

  • Rusty

    Go to the bobcats, although mike might have some beef about the way A.I crossed him up all those years ago..

  • donovan

    THE UTAH JAZZ

  • Quail

    MINNESOTA!!!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Aaargh, so the Knicks are out of question? So is Philly? Are you freakin’ serious? Aaaaaaaargh I can’t believe I’m saying this, but if those 3 teams are really the only ones left in the derby, Iverson should go to the Bobcats. Bet.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    J Posted: Jul.13 at 12:58 pm
    Allen Iverson would be a great asset to any team, he works very hard in every game and is hungry for a championship.
    He has always given 100% to every team.
    Detroit never welcomed him, all their attention was on Stuckey who was not ready for it.
    AI and Wade would be an incredible combination!
    ________________________________________________
    We all know AI cannot compromise his own self-expectations for the sake of the team…..
    WHEREVER he goes, he needs to expect that he wont be the best player on the team, and that winning a championship at this point in his career will culminate in being a balanced wheel not the superior engine.

  • Flash

    a.i. is NOT going to miami. we wouldn’t take him

  • Aussie Boy

    AI to charlotte. dont send him to MIA. as much as i love him. i dont want him to destroy one of my fav franchises, a franchise whom needs d wade to stay

  • http://www.milliondollamindz.com/blog MillionDollaMindz

    ^ Check it out

    There are alot of disgruntled super stars ? IF you can’t beat em join em ? AI to boston ? lol..

  • Ed

    looks like it’s actually a four team race with the Clippers in the mix for some reason.

  • http://www.slamonline.com G-MONEY1

    YA R HATERZ A.I IS A GREAT PLAYER LOOK AT DENVER WIT OUT A.I DEY WER ONLI GETTIN IN THA 40′S WINZ ND DEN WEN A.I GOT DER DEY WON 52 GAMEZ SEE ND AMAGINE IF A.I WENT 2 THA HETA HIM ND D-WADE WULD BE THA BEST DUO ERY BODY THOT A.I ND MELO WULD BE THA BEST BUT IN MY OPINION D-WADE IZ BETTA DEN MELO SO DE 4 A.I SHULD GO 2THA HEAT JUZ GIV IT A TRY

  • http://www.slamonline.com G-MONEY22

    YA R HATERZ A.I IS A GREAT PLAYER LOOK AT DENVER WIT OUT A.I DEY WER ONLI GETTIN 40′s WINZ ND DEN WEN A.I GOT DER DEY WON 52 GAMEZ SEE ND AMAGINE IF A.I WENT 2 THA HEAT HIM ND D-WADE WULD BE THA BEST DUO ERY BODY THOT A.I ND MELO WULD BE THA BEST DUO BUT IN MY OPINION D-WADE IZ BETTA DEN MELO SO DER 4 A.I SHULD GO 2 THA HEAT JUZ GIV IT A TRY 4…..1 YEAR

  • djcs

    Come over to the cavs and help our city end this drought!

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