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Report: Lakers had interest in Allen Iverson

Posted on: February 12, 2012 3:51 pm
Edited on: February 12, 2012 3:52 pm
 Iverson and Kobe? Together? What? (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

The Lakers are clearly in a desperate position at point guard. Gilbert Arenas is reportedly under consideration. Steve Blake has been injured. And Derek Fisher isn't the answer.

So, they might be looking at The Answer. Via ESPN Los Angeles:
Allen Iverson, who sources indicated the Lakers had some interest in as long as he was willing to go to the NBA Developmental League for a few weeks first, is not the answer. He's simply not a point guard. The Lakers are also said to be interested in former Toronto Raptors point guard Rafer Alston, who helped the Orlando Magic reach the NBA Finals in 2009. But who knows if that will materialize into anything?
OK, so it's way unlikely Iverson actually ends up with the Lakers. Or for that matter, anywhere. He reportedly recently had some interest in playing professionaly in Puerto Rico as the beginning of an NBA comeback, but that's a believe-it-when-I-see-it thing.

Iverson playing for the Lakers really doesn't solve anything. I mean really, what's the point? Yeah, Iverson wants to play again and he's probably still got something left, but the Lakers need someone to run an offense, not someone that has a point to prove. Unless Iverson is planning to completely reinvent himself at age 36 as a pass first point guard that penetrates and creates, then this isn't a good fit.

Unlike the Arenas interest that could potentially be a low risk, high reward move, the Iverson one smells like failure all over. I realize the two players aren't that different, but the chances Arenas can still play a little are higher than the ones of Iverson having something left. Picturing Arenas fitting in alongside Kobe is much easier than picturing Iverson doing that.

The interest level probably isn't much higher than "He's a living breathing point guard that isn't signed by someone, so I guess we'll listen" type of thing, so that's important to keep in mind. Just because the Lakers might have interest doesn't mean it's a lot of interest. Also, notice it's past tense. Sounds to me like the Lakers were mildly intrigued and now aren't.

The Lakers do need help and are looking to improve their roster. But Allen Iverson? Not the answer.

Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:01 pm

Report: Lakers had interest in Allen Iverson

BETWEEN THE TWO PLAYERS, GRAB ARENAS OVER IVERSON. i like 'em both and would easily consider arenas an "upgrade" from blake and fisher. i think with arenas, he's closer to NBA level of play then iverson, inwhich the later of the two would requirer more games to become play-offs ready. and with iverson, lil dude got plenty of competitive fight in him, but he just might not be NBA ready being removed for the league for so long

Since: Dec 30, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 10:19 am

Report: Lakers had interest in Allen Iverson

How is Gilbert Arenas a low-risk, high reward move? Sure, he might not cost a lot of $$, but he'd surely be a major pain for coach Brown AND he'll stir things up amongst the team, drain the morale in the locker room and try to steal the spotlight from Kobe. The fact they'd even consider him is foolish, I hope he never was a legitimate candidate.

Since: Feb 13, 2012
Posted on: February 13, 2012 9:15 am
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Since: Jan 9, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:01 am

Report: Lakers had interest in Allen Iverson

The Lakers need to quit dumpster diving and do some serious deals. Band-aids won't stop hemorraging.

Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: February 12, 2012 9:34 pm

Report: Lakers had interest in Allen Iverson

Is this a joke, it's bad enough we have the most ignorant player in the NBA, Ron Artest, now you want to add the last guy that held that same title.  I mean we are talking about a guy who made over 200 million in his NBA career and now still has to try and play basketball overseas because he can't pay his bills.  The Lakers are really going down quick and if they keep making stupid moves they will soon be the second team in LA, because the Clippers aren't building a team with social illiterate morons the last time I checked. 

Since: Aug 27, 2010
Posted on: February 12, 2012 8:21 pm

Report: Lakers had interest in Allen Iverson

I didn't even notice you said have Blake retire. The guy is the Lakers best PG and even when Lakers get another PG Blake is still a quality backup PG. Before getting injured he was averaging 10 points and 3 assists a game. If the Lakers get another backup or two and give Glock more minutes Blake(when he gets in the flow again after this injury) could be a 10 point 5 assist 40% 3 point shooter for this team. I completely agree Fisher needs to retire and I wish Walton would even though he won't but I completely disagree with Blake. If both the Lakers PG's retire what do they do? lol. Blake after last year in the triangle is actually underrated. He isn't a bad player and by the end of this season I think you will agree he has plenty of years left in him.

Since: Aug 27, 2010
Posted on: February 12, 2012 8:17 pm

Report: Lakers had interest in Allen Iverson

See I am tired of LA Nation beliving this is even possible. If it was it would happen. First you can't amnesty a player at this point in the season. The time for that has come and gone. Second If Lakers could get Howard for Bynum OR Williams for Gasol that would of happened already. Nets aren't doing anything until they see they aren't getting Howard and when they do decide to do something it won't be taking on Gasol's HUGE contract. They have big men and don't need another taking up cap space when most likely with Gasol they don't even make the playoffs. So all they do is ruin their chance for getting a lottery pick while using up their cap space to the point where they can't improve.

Now will the Magic take on Bynum who is usually injured for Howard? I believe it is their best offer but I doubt the Lakers are able to pull off this trade. If they do will Howard stay? I would rather them get role players to play behind Bynum and Kobe and trying to get rid of Gasol for a quality PG and some bench players. I think they would be better not giving up a lot for Howard who still won't make this team a for sure contender. The only way I make the move is if I can get rid of Gasol also to clear up cap space to lock up Williams next year. IMO that is too much to risk to watch Howard just go to the Nets next year so I would prefer they give up a first for Sessions who would be a quality starter and have Fisher go to the bench AS A COACH. The only reason Blake isn't starting is because Fisher is so bad he brings NOTHING to the second unit which needs more help than the first.

Since: Nov 21, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2012 7:58 pm

Report: Lakers had interest in Allen Iverson

Lifelong LA fan, so I have to agree with you.  Watching this product on the floor is painfull.

Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2012 6:15 pm

Report: Lakers had interest in Allen Iverson

Lakers are just desperate right bynum & gasol for dwight & deroen william...amnesty metta...retire fisher blake & walton.
it's time to rebuild boys!!! 

Since: Dec 3, 2009
Posted on: February 12, 2012 5:27 pm
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