Iverson, Grizzlies Closing in on Deal

by Marcel Mutoni

Allen Iverson has made it clear that he wants to play for the Memphis Grizzlies. According to The Answer, he can make them a better team, and if everything goes well, he’ll have the opportunity to prove just that (and skeptics wrong.)

It’s been confirmed that Iverson and Grizzlies team owner Michael Heisley are meeting in Atlanta today, and if both sides like what they’re hearing, A.I. could join his fourth NBA team very soon.

From ESPN:

[Michael] Heisley confirmed that the meeting will take place Monday in Atlanta, where Iverson has been working out in preparation for next season. Yet Heisley cautioned that an agreement in principle with Iverson has not yet been reached, saying: “[The meeting] does not mean it’s a done deal. He wants to meet and have some questions answered and we want to meet.”

Memphis is believed to be the only team actively pursuing the four-time scoring champion and has established its willingness to sign Iverson to a one-year deal worth $3.5 million.

Iverson would be a draw at the ticket counter for the Grizz, and regardless of the multitude of potential problems the signing could cause, management is obviously convinced that he’s worth the risk.

It’s worth noting that A.I. has yet to give a clear answer as to whether or not he’d accept a backup role (in Memphis or anywhere else.)

In a dark room somewhere, OJ Mayo is nervously pondering what all of this means.