Quit trying to convince me that Allen Iverson isn't a point guard. He scored 33 points per game last year, he had 7.4 assists, and I love his leadership qualities. He gets to the free-throw line better than just about anyone I've ever seen, and he scored 40 or more points in 15 games last season.
Today's column: Trade for Iverson.
Seize the momentum from the seven previous trades this summer. There just aren't that many opportunities to get a top-tier player in the NBA. And top-tier players sell tickets, and win games. Iverson would fill the Rose Garden.
Is he available?
I always know more than I can write. An NBA GM told me over the weekend that Baron Davis and Iverson are both on the block
In Athens, during the Olympics I watched Iverson closely. It was the first time I'd been around him for an extended period. I watched him at practices. I talked with him off the court. And as the team was crumbling, and guys were going south, it was Iverson who continued to play hard, and lead.
There are hackers and non-hackers in the world. He's a hacker. I mean that in the best way. I left Athens with a very different impression of Iverson. He didn't quit, and when it was over, and his teammates were scurrying to hide, Iverson was the one who stepped forward and apologized for the dismal performance.
I believe he used the word, "embarrassed."
Iverson for Zach Randolph --- straight up --- doesn't work under the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Remember, the Blazers are over the salary cap, which means the salaries need to match within 125% plus $100,000. Straight up, there is a difference here of about $3 million to make it possible.
A deal that works under the CBA is one that hypothetically sends Allen Iverson ($18.281 million) and Louis Williams ($664k) from the 76ers to Portland for Zach Randolph ($12 million), Travis Outlaw ($1.836 million), and Juan Dixon ($2.5 million).
I think that's a better deal than Philly is going to find just about anywhere else for a player that is owed nearly $60 million over the next three years.
Jamaal Magloire is a free agent at the end of the season, true. But the Blazers hold full Bird Rights here. They can offer more than anyone, which puts them in terrific position for a sign-and-trade. There are some real possibilities here if the team continues to be proactive.