Allen Iverson’s next game may be in Turkey. Not as part of the NBA’s preseason traveling road show (go globalization!) but as a member of a Turkey League team.
Because nobody in the NBA will give him a shot.
Larry Brown, the coach who got the most out of Iverson — by setting up an offense that could play around his ball-controlling ways and could defend around him — feels bad about that, he told FanHouse.
“Nobody who has done as much as Allen has done for this league should have to be in Turkey playing, to end his career,” Brown said before the Bobcats-Magic game Thursday. “We have one of the most special players ever in our sport, who still has something left. I feel terrible about this. That is not how he should be ending his career.”
He’s right, in the theoretical sense. We all have wanted more for Iverson.
But his landing in Turkey is of his own making. He is the one who will not accept being a role player off the bench now, who disrupted the last three teams he was with because of battles over roles. No team is going to put up with that.
Including Brown’s — notice the Bobcats have not offered Iverson a deal?
Brown is not alone if feeling terrible. But this was the only way it could end.
ProBasketballTalk’s Kurt Helin explains why he believes the Sacramento Kings have enough pieces to potentially make a run at the final playoff spot in the West.
A lot of people around the NBA have ideas to improve the draft, free agency and the D-League, and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has never been shy about sharing his. His latest idea seems pretty logical: a supplemental draft for undrafted free agents.
Via Hoops Rumors:
“I would have a supplemental draft every summer for undrafted free agents of the current and previous 3 years,” Cuban wrote in an email to Hoops Rumors. “If you are more than 3 years out you are not eligible and just a free agent.”
The supplemental draft would have two rounds, and teams would hold the rights to the players they select for two years, Cuban added. Players can opt out and choose not to make themselves eligible, but those who get picked would receive fully guaranteed minimum-salary contracts when they sign, according to Cuban’s proposal.
“That would make it fun a few weeks after the draft and pre-summer league,” Cuban wrote. “It would prevent some of the insanity that goes on to build summer league rosters.”
It’s an interesting proposition. Most undrafted players who sign during the summer don’t get guaranteed contracts, so when deciding to enter this supplemental draft, they would have to weigh the value of having guaranteed money versus getting to decide where they sign. It’s unlikely that anything like this could happen anytime soon, because of all the hoops to jump through to get the league and the players’ union to sign off on it, but it’s a worthwhile idea that deserves some consideration in the next CBA negotiations.