Whether the Sixers thought about signing Allen Iverson before the season or not, they’re definitely thinking about it now. Knowing that they’ll be without Lou Williams for the next two months, it’s confirmed that Philly management has internally discussed the possibility of bringing back the Answer.
The Sixers, whose payroll is below the NBA’s luxury-tax threshold of $69.92 million, could offer a prorated contract for $1.3 million-plus, the minimum for players with at least 10 seasons of experience, or even a little more. In the case of the 10 seasons-plus veterans minimum, a portion is paid out of a leaguewide pool and only a portion counts against the team’s salary cap. Iverson has already cleared about $470,000 in the settlement of his contract with the Memphis Grizzlies.
Clearly the Sixers could make this work, but the question comes down to whether or not they’d actually want him on the squad. Regardless of how well Jrue Holiday is playing, Philly is going to bring in another PG. If not No. 3, GM Ed Stefanski and his staff have been considering various other free agents, including Antonio Daniels, Gabe Pruitt, Brevin Knight and Tyronn Lue (currently working for Boston in a player-development position).
Personally, I think it would be stupid for Iverson not to return to Philly. He wants to be there, and when his jersey gets retired, it’s going to be in their rafters. If Michael Jordan wanted to return to Chicago after his stint with the Wizards, would the Bulls not have signed him? I don’t think so. So let the Answer return home.
What do you think? Who should the Sixers sign?
Source: Philadelphia Daily News
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