The makeover of the Los Angeles Clippers may include a former scoring champion.
The team is in “very serious” talks with Allen Iverson on a contract, the Los Angeles Times reported on Monday. ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reported on Sunday that Memphis Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley, while still hopeful of signing Iverson, regards the Miami Heat as the “odds-on favorite” to land the former MVP. The Charlotte Bobcats were also reported to have interest.
Iverson is a 10-time All-Star who has led the league in scoring four times. He has averaged 23.5 points and 5.4 assists per game over his 13 seasons but posted a career low 17.4 ppg average last season.
A bad back limited Iverson to 57 games last season between the Denver Nuggets and Detroit Pistons. He was also embroiled in controversy when he bristled at coming off the bench for Detroit.
The Clippers may be prepared to offer their full mid-level exception of $5.8 million on a one-year contract. The Grizzlies are reportedly willing to offer something in the same neighborhood, but the Heat are thought to be interested in paying him less than half of that figure.
On Tuesday, reports said that the team and Iverson’s agent Leon Rose, met in Las Vegas to arrange a direct meeting with Iverson about him coming off the bench, a meeting that could influence their decision to pursue him further.
The Clippers drafted Blake Griffin with the first overall pick in this year’s NBA draft. They also traded forward Zach Randolph to the Grizzlies for swingman Quentin Richardson.