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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: Apr 16, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2011 8:37 pm

Gordon revisited: Sign-and-trade for Iverson?

i bet maquino wont make a dumb statement like that again

Since: Jul 4, 2009
Posted on: July 4, 2009 3:54 pm

Gordon revisited: Sign-and-trade for Iverson?

The deal is done - Gordon has no intrest in further dealings with Chicago.

Secondarily why would Detroit have any intrest in helping Chicago (rival) or Iverson (cancerous non team player)

This is beyond speculation it is stupid!

Since: May 16, 2008
Posted on: July 3, 2009 5:14 pm

Gordon revisited: Sign-and-trade for Iverson?

He's still better than Derrick Rose!!!!

Since: May 16, 2008
Posted on: July 3, 2009 5:13 pm

Gordon revisited: Sign-and-trade for Iverson?

what made him great is gone? haha you must be the stupidest fan in the world. Well at least I thought you were, but I noticed you were a laker fan. And probably a "Faker" fan anyway.
What makes his skills gone? is it because he didnt have his minutes to do it.....or a team to play with? regardless you're an idiot....

Since: Jul 3, 2009
Posted on: July 3, 2009 2:56 pm

Think About It...

The best place for A.I. to land would be the Clippers. They have enough young and veteran talent to make the playoffs. That would also take the pressure off Blake Griffn and Baron Davis.. They just got rid of Randolph and picked up Richardson which means they have a good run and gun team. Keep either Camby or Kaman and dump the other. Have Gordon come off the bench as a 6th man the way Ben Gordon played as for the Bulls and you have a very talented team.

Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: July 3, 2009 2:04 pm

Gordon revisited: Sign-and-trade for Iverson?

With some buzz in Portland about Hinrich to the Blazers for Travis Outlaw (or Martell Webster...or some other combo), would AI then be a good back PG option for the Bulls?

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 3, 2009 1:18 pm

Iverson is headed to Dallas

With Jason Kidd leaning towards accepting the offer from the Knicks, the likely landing spot for AI is Dallas. The Mavericks make sense on every level. Dallas is a playoff caliber team; without Kidd around AI could start at PG; Mark Cuban would welcome another star power veteran to market. Dallas is a major city and a team needing what AI gives them, a running mate for Novitzki and some major buzz to sell tickets.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: July 3, 2009 12:34 pm

Gordon revisited: Sign-and-trade for Iverson?

I like the idea of trying to get something out of BG before he leaves, but A.I. is NOT the answer. He has a huge contract, even if he takes some pretty hefty pay cuts with his new contract its not worth it. We have PG - Derrick Rose and PG/SG - Kirk Hinrich. Rose is the future of the bulls and Hinrich is our PG and SG main backup. If we sign Iverson that makes Hinrich play even less, Hinrich is already overpaid. A.I. is 34, getting old, still can't make shots. Let BG go, and A.I. can go play at Miami or Memphis...

The bulls need to focus on getting some depth at SG instead, a names like Von Wafer?

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: July 3, 2009 12:12 pm

Gordon revisited: Sign-and-trade for Iverson?

AI back to Philly?  It would work for me. The first thing is he is loved there. The second thing is if they can't re-sign Miller they will a PG to teach Jrue Holliday the NBA game. The Sixers can sign AI for 1 year maybe 2 years. He comes in and does well and teaches Jrue. Then teams will give him a shot after next year or the following year.  Go get AI for veterns min and let Miller and his 6 mill walk. Then you  trade Dalembert, Lou Williams and Willie Green. This gives the Sixers AI at PG, T-Mac at SG, AI at SF, Brand at PF and a small line-up of Speights at the Center.  They would be able to run teams out of the gym.  Stefanski  make this happen.

Since: Dec 24, 2008
Posted on: July 3, 2009 12:03 pm

Gordon revisited: Sign-and-trade for Iverson?

It would be a dumb move for the Bulls.  They would be taking 3 steps backwards.  AI is a cancer.  The Nuggets got much better once AI left and Detroit got much worse when he came there.  He's is a selfish player who doesn't know what it takes to win.  The Bulls would never take a player who doesn't think he has to practice.  "PRACTICE!!!   PRACTICE!!!  We're talking about PRACTICE!!!"

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