The Texas Legends are lobbying Allen Iverson to try to work his way back to the NBA by playing for the Dallas Mavericks' Development League affiliate, according to D-League sources.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Legends, who are co-owned by Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson, ramped up their season-long pursuit of Iverson on Monday, offering him the chance to resurrect his career.
Iverson last played in the NBA in 2009-10 in brief stays with the Memphis Grizzlies and Philadelphia 76ers, but the 37-year-old has resisted opportunities to sign lucrative deals in China because, to date, he's been reluctant to consider playing anywhere besides the NBA.
An injury-filled stint with Besiktas in Turkey in the 2010-11 season lasted only 10 games.
Iverson has likewise resisted the Legends' overtures so far this season -- as well as a similar offer last season --but sources say that the Legends are trying again now because they've moved back to the top of the list in the D-League's waiver line, meaning they'd have an unobstructed path to signing Iverson if he could be convinced to put his name in the D-League's player pool.
The Legends' pitch to Iverson centers around the fact they've just convinced NBA veterans Delonte West and Rashad McCants to join their team with similar intentions, after the Legends signed another 37-year-old earlier this month -- point guard Mike James -- and wound up putting James in position to earn a 10-day call-up to the Mavericks that turned into a guaranteed contract after James completed his second 10-day deal Sunday.
The Legends, now in their third season, have employed 16 former NBA first-round picks since the team's inception and have already helped big men Sean Williams and Dan Gadzuric, swingman Chris Douglas-Roberts and veteran guard Antonio Daniels make it back to the NBA after stints with the D-League franchise, which plays 25 miles north of the Mavericks in the Dallas suburb of Frisco. Longtime NBA forward Eduardo Najera, in his first season as Legends coach, is the first Mexican-born coach of any team under the NBA's umbrella.
Iverson is an 11-time All-Star and ranks 19th on the NBA's all-time scoring list with 24,368 career points. He was passed on the career scoring charts Sunday night by Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki.
Iverson rules out basketball return in D-League
Allen Iverson has turned down an opportunity to return to basketball with the Dallas Mavericks' Development League affiliate.
Iverson posted a series of tweets on Tuesday explaining his decision to decline an offer from the Texas Legends. Iverson, the 2001 NBA MVP with the Philadelphia 76ers, says, ''While I think the D-League is a great opportunity, it is not the route for me.''
Gary Moore, Iverson's manager, confirmed the decision with The Associated Press. Iverson was not available for an interview.
Iverson also wrote, ''I realize my actions contributed to my early departure from the NBA.'' The 37-year-old Iverson has not played in the NBA since the 2009-10 season. He had a brief stop with a professional team in Turkey and has played exhibition games in China.
Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki recently passed Iverson for 18th on the NBA's career scoring list.
Iverson rules out basketball return in D-League - Yahoo! Sports
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