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Are Miami, New York and Charlotte the teams that Allen Iverson is interested in signing with? Yes, according to a post on Iverson's Twitter account on Tuesday.

"My people just informed me that we are getting close to a deal. I asked them to call me when its done. I am so ready to know!" said a post on Iverson's Twitter account late Wednesday morning.

The next post, 18 minutes later, said, "I have not been this eager with anticipation since the night before the NBA Draft in 96. Then I knew where I was going, now I want to know."

So, what's the deal?

Are the Heat, Knicks or Bobcats legitimately interested in the eight-time All-Star coming off the worst season of his career? And what about the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies, two other teams that have been linked to Iverson this summer?

We have some answers, based upon conversations with league executives and other NBA sources.

But first, here's another look at posts from Tuesday on Iverson's Twitter account:

• "If you think that I am just going away-Think again! I am getting ready for the NBA season. Waiting for the call. Charlotte, Miami, NY."

• "Getting in shape, running, lifting and thinking about which team that I will help compete for a championship! Whoever gets me will be happy."

• "I have had a year to get ready, my back is fine now don't worry. When you see me again you will think that I am fresh out of Georgetown!"

• "I have heard all of the doubters, but they should know that I will not be broken and I will remain true to my fans."





Charlotte

"There are financial factors, and there's also the problem of the availability of minutes in our rotation with Ray [Felton, a restricted free agent], Raja [Bell] and D.J. [Augustin] -- and those are a couple of major obstacles we're trying to overcome," Bobcats coach Larry Brown told ESPN.com Tuesday. "But at the end of the day, I want to help him, and it might be as his coach again. We'll have to wait and see."

Translation: With the franchise up for sale, it won't be easy for Brown and team executive Michael Jordan to convince owner Bob Johnson to make Iverson a financial offer that would not be considered insulting to a player of Iverson's stature. The guard made $21.14 million last season with the Denver Nuggets and the Detroit Pistons, but the Bobcats' offer would be much closer to the league minimum, which is $1.306 million for players with 10 or more years of experience.

More from Brown: "I've spoken to a lot of people on his behalf, because last year was a difficult situation for him being put in where he was, replacing Chauncey Billups. That would have been a difficult situation for anybody. But I know he's comfortable with me, and we've had a lot of discussions. When he played for me was probably when he played his best. Would I like to coach him again? Absolutely."



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New York

The Knicks were in touch with Iverson's camp early in free agency, and a source close to Iverson said they "were still in the mix, but certainly are not the front-runner."

But a source with the Knicks contradicted that statement, saying New York has dropped out of the picture, even though Iverson would be agreeable to playing under a one-year contract that would not take up any of New York's precious 2010 cap room.



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Miami

Heat president Pat Riley has gone on record this summer noting that somebody is going to get a tremendous bargain when Iverson eventually signs -- one of several indications that Miami should probably be considered the front-runner.

But the problem here is an economic one, too. Miami is already more than $3 million over the $69.92 million luxury-tax threshold for the upcoming season, and any deal the Heat would agree to with Iverson would cost them double in real dollars because of the tax penalty.

How could that problem be solved? Well, a giveaway of Udonis Haslem and his expiring $7.1 million contract would open up playing time for Michael Beasley and Joel Anthony along the front line while also clearing room to sign Iverson for $3 million to $4 million for one year without eating into the cap space the Heat have set aside for the summer of 2010. Still, there is no indication that the Heat are ready to take that step.



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L.A. Clippers

There was quiet progress on this front until quite recently, and Iverson was even set to fly to Los Angeles to speak with team officials, two sources told ESPN.com. But the Clippers then were presented with the opportunity to acquire Rasual Butler from New Orleans for next to nothing: They jumped on it, and Iverson never got on that airplane.

A potential signing here was never a certainty, though, for chemistry reasons. Foremost among the Clippers' concerns was whether Iverson would accept and embrace a role coming off the bench, and whether his presence would hinder the development of their starting 2-guard, Eric Gordon.



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Memphis

Here we have what may end up being Iverson's best fallback option if dollars become the deciding factor. Memphis is well under the cap, could make a better offer than Charlotte and, like the Bobcats, would love to have Iverson aboard simply for his box-office appeal.

But the Grizzlies are for sale, too, and are in no hurry to overpay Iverson (don't forget, they just took on Zach Randolph's contract). One team source said Memphis is content to let the summer play out to wait and see whether Iverson's options continue to dwindle.
NBA free agency: Is Allen Iverson close to landing a deal? - ESPN

I'm going with Charlotte or Memphis. Iverson would really benifit in Charlotte as he would be the go to guy and hew ill make oppurtunities for Wallace.
Memphis has been making some bad moves. They think the raw talent of Thabeet, Mayo, Gay and Randolph can magically mix into something good. That's why they would sign Iverson.
Knicks are too cheap.
Miami said they are not interested.
LA Clippers need their talent to develop rather than have a vet who thinks he's the best.
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I think Iverson would fit well in LA, though he would have to be willing to take a downgrade. Miami to would fit him well.
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Iverson is a GREAT player, hall of famer probably, I hope he gets to go to a team where he can once again prove that.
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Iverson is a GREAT player, hall of famer probably, I hope he gets to go to a team where he can once again prove that.
He is a prolific scorer and future hall of famer no doubt about it but the two things I don't like about him are his attitude and his defence.
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who cares...really....AI isnt important anymore.....
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who cares...really....AI isnt important anymore.....
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I honestly think Iverson is a 20ppg 5 assist player...but he needs to be placed on a team that needs scoring.

Memphis does not need scoring. He would be a detriment to them because a) his attitude is poor, b) his defence is lackluster, and c) he would be trivial playing with scorers like Rudy Gay and OJ Mayo.

Miami needs scoring, but is it worth stunting Mario Chalmers growth and potential down the line just to have one better season? I think that a lineup of:
Iverson
Wade
Beasley
Haslem
O'Neal

is playoff worthy, if not second round worthy if they can place 4th/5th.

Charlotte is a tricky situation. They are a very defensive oriented team, with a young core. And is he really that different from DJ Augustine? It might sell tickets, but would only help them a little bit.

LA...perfect. Why not eh? Just go for it...it's not like your lineup isn't filled with has-beens...lol.

New York wouldn't be too bad. I know for a fact that Iverson's stats would jump in a faster environment, but would it benefit the Knicks? Probably not. (He's no Steve Nash...).

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I like him on the Bobcats. Come on, Gerald Wallace can't work as your leading scorer forever.
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I like him on the Bobcats. Come on, Gerald Wallace can't work as your leading scorer forever.
What I like about Gearald Wallace is his toughness and hustle. Skill wise, he should be getting 12 a game but he works hard in it works well for him.
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can't work in memphis, same with clippers too much scorers and players that want to dominate the ball.
Charlotte definite yes.
NY is the best place to go because MSG will feed his ego just like Nate Robinson.

I want him to go to Sacramento however, just to see how far he can carry that team.
Plus to see a great duo with Tyreke Evans and Iverson.

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can't work in memphis, same with clippers too much scorers and players that want to dominate the ball.
Charlotte definite yes.
NY is the best place to go because MSG will feed his ego just like Nate Robinson.

I want him to go to Sacramento however, just to see how far he can carry that team.
Plus to see a great duo with Tyreke Evans and Iverson.
They already have Kevin Martin who can score 23 a night.
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I'm surprised NY hasnt offered him a contract and the keys to the city.
everyone knows that the only way AI can be effective is if you pretty much let him do as he wants. NY would be the perfect place for him to bring back the AI of old and try to carry that team.
especially on the D'anotoni offense, I honestly think AI would go back to being a 30 ppg player and dominate. he would ball hog, skip practice, and turn the lockerroom on its ass... but he'd also be a warrior and put that team on his shoulders and help carry them into the playoffs, and the fans would absolutely love him.
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I'm surprised NY hasnt offered him a contract and the keys to the city.
everyone knows that the only way AI can be effective is if you pretty much let him do as he wants. NY would be the perfect place for him to bring back the AI of old and try to carry that team.
especially on the D'anotoni offense, I honestly think AI would go back to being a 30 ppg player and dominate. he would ball hog, skip practice, and turn the lockerroom on its ass... but he'd also be a warrior and put that team on his shoulders and help carry them into the playoffs, and the fans would absolutely love him.
The only reason they don't rename the team the Allen Iverson is because the'yre too cheap and think it will be Lebron's next year. Yeah right!
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ESPN Insider Rich Bucher is saying that A.I. is close to signing a 2 year deal with the Houston Rockets. Terms of the deal are not disclosed.
It was reportedly heard on ESPN's XM radio.
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They already have Kevin Martin who can score 23 a night.
But a guard duo of Iverson and Tyreke will be insane and rob Kevin of his touches.
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It was reportedly heard on ESPN's XM radio.
Yea houston actually does need someone like Iverson.
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Yea houston actually does need someone like Iverson.
With T-Mac and Yao out, I still think it's a bad idea because it won't allow Brooks to develop.
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With T-Mac and Yao out, I still think it's a bad idea because it won't allow Brooks to develop.
Brooks can still develop at the 1. Iverson will just play off-guard, like he's been doing for quite some time.
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+1 Mango, though I think Brooks is a scorer, a lot like Iverson so it may not be the best combination ever to put together. Or It could make the team that much better, but I'm willing to put money on the team doesn't suceed, like Iverson has done to his last couple recent teams.
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+1 Mango, though I think Brooks is a scorer, a lot like Iverson so it may not be the best combination ever to put together. Or It could make the team that much better, but I'm willing to put money on the team doesn't suceed, like Iverson has done to his last couple recent teams.
couple that with the fact that its Tmac's contract year and he'll be looking to have a huge year (which i bet will be healthy aswell ) to secure a big payday next off season... and you will have a problem with ball distribution and hogging.
AI going to Houston will sink that team even farther IMO.
they should just sit back, enjoy the "magically" rejuvinated Tmac for 8 months, and wait till 2010 when his $24 million contract is off their books and they can rebuild.
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