Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 at 9:42 am  |  92 responses

UPDATE: Iverson Close to Deal

by Ryne Nelson

The last person you’d expect to be updating Allen Iverson’s Twitter is The Answer himself. Not to say AI isn’t capable of producing 10+ perfectly formed tweets like this one every day, but let’s just say the odds are low.

That said, this ‘verified’ account has been providing media and fans alike with the latest in Iverson’s contract situation for next season, and there’s no reason to doubt it now. The invisible Allen Iverson Twitter handler says he’s close to signing with an NBA team for the upcoming season:

My people just informed me that we are getting close to a deal. I asked them to call me the when its done. I am so ready to know!

We’re not sure if there’s actual interest from all three teams, but Ivey’s waiting for offers: “If you think that I am just going away-Think again! I am getting ready for the NBA season. Waiting for the call. Charlotte, Miami, NY.”

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  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Please ny.

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

    I hope he lands somewhere. I’d hate to see a forced retirement.

  • http://sdjfklf.com Jukai

    Outside of going back to Phili, these are probably the three best options for Iverson.
    Let’s go New York dude! I will start buying tickets right away!

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    He would electrify the garden and average 25 a game.

  • Abdulhai

    hope he lands in charlotte.. the only place that i can see him play other than chralotte is NY or he should go play in some minor league in vegas with alot of stripp clubbs and casinos:P

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Still scratching my head over why it didnt happen yet with Charlotte. He wouldn’t even need to change his game, they need a high volume scorer. Nobody can get buckets on his own in that starting unit.

  • http://slamonline.com 360vue

    it me saddens and perplexes me a team hasnt signed him… maybe they are waiting for him to reduce his price and/or accept 6th man, but he could still knock out 20-5 a night in 30, surely not every team’s looking at developing their youth in the back court?!?

  • Clockwork

    Come on AI just sign with someone please!

  • http://slamonline.com Polow Da Jon

    Swallow your pride, AI, and go back to Philly.

  • tavoris

    co-sign Jukai (can you believe it?)…

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    philly dont want him

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    How is this still new news? This has been going on all summer. This is as boring as when Lamar couldn’t decide where to go. Stop re-hashing old news and just update us when he signs.

  • Tony

    choose NYK!!!!

  • http://allanzuss@yahoo.com Mendel

    Charlotte, PLEASE!!! I don’t think he and the guys on Philly get a long, so that ait poppin. Then, I don’t think Jordan likes the fact that AI broke his ankles on numerous occations. There is only one ball to play with in Miami and NY is the pits. So I have no idea what’s gonna happen.

  • http://slamonline.com The underrated one

    I think it would be better for him to go to ny. perfect place for AI to just be AI. And I dont want him in charlotte bcuz by mid-season Larry Brown and AI will have alot of… disagreements

  • http://www.twitter.com/Th3_R3al_Chris Young Chris MP3

    I’d like ot see him in Charlotte because he’ll make Charlotte the new Philly.

  • http://thesportsdiaryonline.blogspot.com Roy

    Charlotte or New York… :D

  • rikson

    NY – No way! D’antoni dont want this kind of player and guess what – its his system and (right now) his team!

  • owen

    There is no AI in TEAM! Go to europe

  • http://sdjfklf.com Jukai

    “Then, I don’t think Jordan likes the fact that AI broke his ankles on numerous occations”
    I don’t think Jordan really cares

  • cramzy

    Fantasy wise I want him in Miami w/ D.Wade but realistically, I’m thinking Charlotte would be best. There’s a 2 guard spot w/ his name on it and he would be the best scoring option by a long shot. Him and DJ would be a very small backcourt tho’. I’m a heat fan, but I might cry if I see the legendary A.I. backing up Mario Freaking Chalmers. No dice

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

    AI, Q-Rich and D-Wade?


  • Exile

    Knicks. Bring the legendary toughness to the Garden… NY will love you for it.

  • riggs

    i called 1)mike dantoni 2)donnie walsh and 3)nate robinson about this. 1) laughed and hung up 2) cursed and hung up 3) didnt answer

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    so this is how multi-million superstars advertise themselves nowadays? Twitter? seriously?

  • Vaara

    He will then no doubt get a sslam cover and then no doubt not win a championsip

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Ryne, you hit the nail on the head! Soon As these tweets started pouring in, my first thought was, ” wonder who’s ghostwriting this for AI”? Some twitter-celebs obviously write their own stuff (sportsguy, shaq, Russ… Wait, is he a celeb?) others write so much & so often, hard to believe it’s not some person in marketing/management updating their stuff (i see you Alyssa Milano). Iverson’s handlers seem to be taking the anti paula abdul approach on this one…

  • Fat Lever

    I don’t think that’s AI’s twitter. Real dudes don’t use exclamation points. I mean really, could you ever see AI using exclamation points ever in print? Only way I see that happening is if he wins a title.

  • Double J

    I’m thinking AI and Mike D’Antoni may just get along…

  • http://dsjklf.com Jukai

    Why would Wade be backing up Chalmers? You start Wade and Iverson. Give Iverson a year contract with a team option. If it works, it works good. If it doesn’t no big loss. C’mon, make THIS happen!

  • Teddy-the-Bear


  • Statik


  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Sign Sessions too, Donnie. Make sure you do that too. No, NOT Rubio, Donnie. Ramon Sessions.

  • Samcobilibob


  • http://www.shoenut.blogspot.com ShoeNut

    Sorry to say but I don’t think it makes a difference where he goes, he doesn’t seem like the same player as he was. I want him to go to the Bobcats so at least some people will watch their games and maybe MJ will teach him a thing or two about “practice?”

  • orteezy

    yeah with d’antoni there’s plenty of shots to go around, AI just has to trust he’ll get the ball back if he moves it around.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Please be the Bobcats! For the love of god, mother & child, please be the Bobcats!

  • cramzy

    yeah, ai doesn’t strike me as a guy that’s “eager with anticipation”.I’m just sayin tho’

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Chandler-Diaw-Wallace-Iverson-Felton with a Diop-Nazr-Gerald Henderson-Bell-DJ bench = a real chance for playoffs!

  • http://www.anwilson.blogspot.com rainman10

    haha real dudes dont use exclamation points.

  • http://www.nbabrief.webs.com Malcolm

    the knicks iz a good fit bring number 3 back

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Sorry BET, I don’t see it with that squad.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    haha real dudes dont name themselves after rain/Rayne/Shawn Kemp’s nickname. Whose the lesbian now?

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    This twitter account of his better be some ghostwriter thing his handlers thought up, and A.I. better be oblivious to it. I’d lose respect for the man if I thought he was sitting there in front of a computer tweeting all day, trying to get people’s attention.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Allenp, you can be blind to it for all i care. You dont understand what it is like rooting for a team that is still taking baby steps in the NBA. The Bobcats as a team is like a son to me, im just happy at any signs of progress.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    AI kills every team he touches but the bobcats sounds nice to me. What can he do to them anyway? They can only go up with him on the squad because they are just mediocre right now. play wit it.

  • http://dsjklf.com Jukai

    What’s incredible is if you put Iverson on the Knicks, you get a playoff team.
    In a D’Antoni offense, Iverson drops freaking 30 a game. Do this!!!

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    harsh words DP…they are so medicore, they swept your lakers last year. We need somebody who can score and somebody who can close off games for us. Iverson could do both. We lost too many games in the last 5 minutes this past season. Bring in Iverson, that problem will be resolved.

  • JH

    Wasn’t D’Antoni an assistant on the USA Olympic squad that only managed a bronze in 04? Wasn’t AI on that squad?

    I wonder if D’Antoni and AI didn’t see eye to eye then and if that is affecting AI’s chances @ landing in NYC. It might be a factor.

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

    I’m putting my money on it being the Knicks, especially with the recent police run-in involving Nate Robinson.

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

    BTW, what is the latest on Ramon Sessions?

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    if sessions doesnt get signed by the Knicks, the bobcats should sign and trade Felton + Nazr for a power forward, then sign Sessions. That would make me extremely happy.

  • dial up

    iverson on the knicks = less wins than last season. sorry to say

  • http://www.anwilson.blogspot.com rainman10

    wow BET this is really gettin to you. I was reposting the comment that was makin fun of the Iverson tweet, not makin fun of you.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    i only kid rainman. Its all for the lolz, and ive been like this since as long as i can remember, it has nothing to do with you.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Co sign jukai.

  • http://www.anwilson.blogspot.com rainman10

    Oh i know it, i just laughed because of my timing…but you had to use the exclamation point, i mean we’re talkin Bobcats in the playoffs!

  • http://www.anwilson.blogspot.com rainman10

    And with or without Iverson, the Knicks are improving next season. Jordan Hill is gonna be nice for that system. I also think David Lee will be a Knick again.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    ^he sort of has to be one, the only way David wont be a Knick is if someone else signs him. If nobody else takes him, David will play this season in NYK blue and orange, then become a unrestricted free agent.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    Would Allen Iverson really be a good fit for the Bobcats? I mean, they already have Felton and DJ Augustin. You’re going to put him at the 2?

  • Fat Lever

    BET, I think rainman was referring to my post about AI’s tweets. But feel free to use all the exclamation points you want, cause that seems like your kind of punctuation.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Come on Knicks… Come on…

  • tavoris

    does anybody else get more comments as fast as AI?

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    AI and Sessions in the Knicks backcourt = playoffs. Toney Douglas coming off the bench, Ninja Al/Hill at the PF, Lee/Hill at the Center, Wil Chandler at the Small Forward… That’s looking great.

  • riggs

    @MCho: twitter can be used with practically any wireless electronic that can access the webpage or an app. he doesnt need to sit on a computer all day…

  • http://slamonline.com Spaceship Jay

    “We got AI Y’ALL!!” Wooooo! YEAH! Playoffs!! Yeah! Uhh! Wooo! Yeah… Uhhhh… Yep. Yeah.

  • BetterthanallofYOU

    Hopefully he signs with the Knicks. That was it will make for some entertaining press covberage that won’t go away. He’ll HATE it.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    A.I. go to Charlotte.! 2001 all over again. The Knicks is good aswell.

  • Lex

    Hey Slam,

    White Chocolate just signed with Orlando…can you guys verify

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    @riggs: I know. I just tend to think of A.I. as a dude that goes out and just DOES things, and not as a dude who TALKS all day about what he’s doing. Like, I can’t imagine him ever doing a livestream like Starbury. I think my head would explode if that happened.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    the Follower is having basically this same post as their headline story. this twitter thing is gonna make a lot of reporters jobless.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    I don’t care for Twitter, and probably never will.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Yo TAD, can I get your e-mail?

  • vmcb

    Hopefully the deal A.I. is close to is one with Doc Brown.. ’cause dude needs to go back to 2001.

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

    Teddy: tdarga1@yahoo.com
    What’s up?

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS


  • http://slamonline.com Jacob J

    If he signs a deal with the three teams, I think the best fit would be NY because with the 7 seconds or less system he would be scoring 25-30 ppg if he goes back to normal.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    FreeDarko a week or 2 ago was predicting how the internet would blow up if Allen used Twitter. But he probably has that PR filter or ghostwriter editor the way Gilbert did his blog?
    Granted I follow what Teddy said since its pretty easy to fake these things and waste even more time when you find out they’re hoaxes. Why would the real AI want to put his info/location as “Bio:Guard, Detroit Pistons?”

  • http://www.slamonline.com melvin ely

    Man I am torn up about this. Part of me wants AI to reunite with LB and relive their 2001 days with a younger hungrier core of guys around them. But another part of me wants him to go to NY and just tear a$$ with the system D’Antoni has in place there. But the closest he’s going to get to a deep playoff stint this season is with the Heat so there’s that.

  • http://www.slamonline.com melvin ely

    @Blinguo: OFF TOPIC BUT it is in my honest opinion that some of these attention-whoring twitter writers can just go on ahead with tweeting, but just ensure they are doing so while doing 120 on a freeway.

  • Tong Po

    email me randall.tolo@kiwibank.co.nz

    I need a job in the US and I have the skills to pay the bills.

  • http://www.mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    kiwi’s are a very tasty fruit

  • woodley3

    Yeah, he said this on Facebook as well.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    I don’t know Ely, you or your family may be driving alongside them on those freeways.
    Though adding Twitter-ing(?) to the illegal (some places but should be all places) “Texting while driving” is a best sooner rather than later deal.
    Laws gotta keep up with technology at least in this instance.
    And that boy Tong Po had a shameful showing his last Kickboxer film, shuffling away without saying anything after the Step by Step Cody, dude named Sasha Mitchell, took him out.

  • chazz michael michael

    i dont think he is gonna get signed even though he supposedly “tweeted” about it. nba.com has even got a story on it, they normally say something about signings before the actually happen and they have nothing.

  • Mattie Knicks

    sign AI and dont resign nate.. they will wash eachother out plus AI is a lot better than nate anyway. If he is desprate see if we can get AI and Sessions. So on defense sessions is 6’4″ and can guard sg when AI can guard pg.. and resign Lee to a 1 year deal.. so Jordan HIll can get his thing on..

  • George B

    I can’t wait to see him back in action. He is the MAN.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    K thanks TAD. I’ll get back to you in a bit.

  • FoCo

    Wait till dude kills another team by not buying in and hoisting up 25 shots a game to get his. Hate on this all you want but the Cancer will kill a good teams chances and isn’t pushing a bad team anywhere. I don’t hate the guy but his act and ego are getting tired. 1 on 1 he is as scary a person as there is on the planet…NBA game I’d want him on the other squad every time.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    BETCATS: A.I. just agreed to a deal with the BOBCATS.

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  • Manuel

    please go to the heat so I can see him win a championship and will be happy and so should u true fans