“Just give me a training camp,” Allen Iverson said. “Maybe I’ve rubbed people the wrong way as far as saying the things I’ve said in my life and in my career. But if any team needs me to help try and win a championship in any capacity, I’m waiting.”
Iverson signed a $4 million, two-year contract with Besiktas. But Iverson made it clear in a phone interview late Wednesday night, his first priority is the NBA.
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Allen Iverson started things on Twitter, saying “If I don’t return to the NBA I am considering a move to Australia after my two-year contract is up … I hear Sydney is a real good city to live.”
Kings chief executive Bob Turner says he has not given up on luring [Iverson] to the harbour city. “I’ll definitely pursue the idea of bringing Iverson to the Kings,” Turner said.
“He’s making a lot of money playing in Turkey and fitting him under the NBL’s $1 million salary cap is something we’d have to work on, but I wouldn’t rule him out.”
Allen Iverson has agreed in principle on a two-year, $4 million contract with the Turkish pro team Besiktas.
Iverson is expected to sign the deal this week and report to the Turkish first division club next week.
The deal would allow Iverson, an 11-time NBA All-Star, to opt out after the first season, but does not include an NBA escape clause, according to a source close to the situation.
According to the Turkish media, Besiktas could be close to sign Allen Iverson for the upcoming season.
The former NBA star, one-time MVP, would have reached an agreement on the economic terms with the Turkish club.
Both parts could be now negotiating the last details of the contract that would bring Iverson for the first time to Europe.
The NBA will see training camps open in just a few weeks, but there are surprisingly still quite a few marquee names available on the free agent market.
Allen Iverson, Jerry Stackhouse, Joe Smith, Flip Murray, Earl Watson, Michael Finley, Larry Hughes, Bobby Simmons, Trenton Hassell, Jarvis Hayes, Ime Udoka and Devean George are all available.
Gary Moore, Allen Iverson’s personal manager, said that the four-time scoring champion is planning a return to the NBA next season.
“Allen is working out and he’s getting himself prepared to make his return,” Moore said by phone Friday. “He absolutely will try and play next year.”
“Allen wants to come and help a team win a championship, which he’s completely capable of doing,” Moore said.
NBA commissioner David Stern and legendary former Georgetown coach John Thompson recently reached out to troubled ex-76ers guard Allen Iverson.
Stern telephoned Iverson’s agent Monday and asked how he was coping with the myriad of problems that have come his way. The agent said the two spoke for about 10 minutes and he assured the commissioner Iverson is doing fine.