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Gordon revisited: Sign-and-trade for Iverson?

Posted on: July 2, 2009 10:13 pm
Ben Gordon to the Pistons is a done deal. The method by which he will get there is still under discussion. has learned that the Bulls and Pistons may yet revisit Detroit's agreement with Ben Gordon and instead investigate a sign-and-trade that would send Allen Iverson to Chicago.

Discussions have not yet reached the highest levels of both organizations, but the revised look at how Gordon goes from Chicago to Detroit would benefit Gordon and the Bulls. Gordon would get an extra year, and thus more money, by signing with the Bulls and getting traded. The Bulls, who currently are getting nothing for losing him, would get Iverson -- a fading future Hall of Famer who would get to finish his career in a major market as long as he's willing to accept a secondary role.

It's a farfetched scenario, and not everyone involved would be on board -- particularly the Pistons. The major sticking point would be how to sweeten the deal for Detroit, which would only consider such an option if it would provide significant cap savings. The Pistons took themselves out of the 2010 free-agent sweepstakes by agreeing to terms with Gordon and Charlie Villanueva on the first day of the free-agent negotiating period. Those agreements are not binding until July 8, when the league-mandated moratorium is lifted and the league and players association agree on the salary cap and luxury tax for the 2009-10 season.

A person familiar with the situation said the Pistons would flat-out refuse to entertain a sign-and-trade for Gordon unless it provided significant savings. The Bulls, too, may not be eager to do business with Gordon, whose agent did not give the team a chance to match Detroit's offer.

The Bulls also would want to know that Iverson, 34, would be totally committed despite not making the $20 million he's accustomed to and without playing the primary role he enjoyed for his entire career until he was traded to the Pistons for Chauncey Billups last season. Iverson did not adapt well to diminished minutes with the Pistons, and late in the season vowed to retire before he would come off another team's bench.

But Iverson apparently is invigorated by the prospect of getting past the Detroit experience. He wrote on his Twitter account Thursday, "For those of you who thought that I was done, think again! ... My only preference will be to play for a coach that knows what I bring to the table and that I am going to bring it every night."

It has been widely speculated that Iverson would land in Charlotte with his former coach, Larry Brown, with whom he had a rocky relationship in Philadelphia. But the two men respect each other, and Brown recently gushed about his time coaching Iverson. Beyond teams with cap space (Memphis, Oklahoma City, Sacramento) who wouldn't be interested in signing a veteran like Iverson, the options for A.I. are limited to sign-and-trades and, more likely, a deal for the mid-level exception or less.

While the sign-and-trade scenario with Detroit is farfetched, Iverson is exploring all options to find one more landing spot in an often tumultuous but Hall of Fame career.


Since: Oct 17, 2008
Posted on: July 3, 2009 11:56 am

Gordon revisited: Sign-and-trade for Iverson?

At this point in his career Iverson is longer the 30 point a night scoring threat he used to be, at the same time, he has also matured greatly. Though he got his minutes an point reduction cut substanially, he never really complained about it. This coming from a coach that was fired one year after being named the sucessor.
Puttign AI on a team right now is hard because he isnt the missing piece he used to be. With that being said he is still a playmaker in any offense and his ability to score is still a valuable assest in the NBA today. A team like the Nets would be great for him, because his scoring would be a welcomed addition. Putting him in Boston is going to work because he would have to be a sixth man, and I dont think he would go for that at all. If a tam has a strong nucleus already i.e. Cleveland, Boston, LA, etc bringing in an AI would only hampen that. But a team like a Houston, New Jersey, or even a Portland for that matter would better suit him and what he could bring to the team.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: July 3, 2009 10:02 am

Gordon revisited: Sign-and-trade for Iverson?

AI in Cleveland wouldnt work.....Iverson doesn't want to ruin his career stats...Unless he can average over 20 pts a game he wouldnt be happy....He would rather have good stats and a few 30 pt games than be a facilitator and win a ring for the king...

Cleveland should seriously consider Shawn Marion or Rasheed Wallace....I think they should re-sign Wally too...They need shooters on the team...

Since: Jul 3, 2009
Posted on: July 3, 2009 8:35 am

Gordon revisited: Sign-and-trade for Iverson?

man the celtics wuld b agreat fit for him buttttttttt. cleveland wuld really b the best spot for him bc they are still missing 1 more piece now tht the lakers have gotten artest.. they really win the title if they pick up ai.. people is sleeping on ai man. the man was jus in the wrong situation in detriot.. they nevere accepted him in the d bc they didnt want him.. man ai is a true player man andd still got game in his tank. everyone is writting him off bc of the pistions. man give him the chance to be wit a lebron or the celtics and he will give you pure hell bc he is a warrior!!

Since: Dec 4, 2008
Posted on: July 3, 2009 2:40 am

Gordon revisited: Sign-and-trade for Iverson?

Iverson is one of the greatest guards ever, but what made him so great is gone, that speed and toughness have been beat out of him with the punishment he gave his body. There is no way he should do a sign and trade deal there is no upside for him. What he should do is chase that ring he's missiing, could you see hime along with Sheed and the big three in Boston it would be sick plus he's a better option than Rondo.

Since: Apr 16, 2008
Posted on: July 3, 2009 1:08 am

Gordon revisited: Sign-and-trade for Iverson?

This will never happen because talk radio in chicago has the bulls gun shy. whenever the bulls make a move they pick it apart almost from the get go, i guess everything has to be controversial  its not about the moves being good or bad its about ratings for thier shows. The same ratings that have been declining as chicago fans look elsewhere for more fair reporting

Since: Jan 28, 2009
Posted on: July 2, 2009 10:50 pm

Gordon revisited: Sign-and-trade for Iverson?

No Way.. Iverson wont go to Chi Town for one they have D - ROSE PG/SG no need for him.. And for 2 he's a free agent in no way he'd help the pistons after took his number/pride/ and mins away this is the worse case scenario if it ever happens. Which it wont.

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