ESPN is reporting that Philly may trade Iverson as soon as Monday or Tuesday. They are considering several offers and want to make a decision quickly.
The Celtics have the advantage of being able to add Theo Ratliff's $11.7 million contract into the mix, while the Memphis Grizzlies would be one of the few teams able to offer Philadelphia cap relief for next summer through Eddie Jones' expiring $15.7 million contract -- if not for the inconvenient fact that team president Jerry West's hands are tied because of the pending sale of the team, precluding him from making trades.
Dallas also could offer a package starting with two expiring contracts (Jerry Stackhouse and Austin Croshere), as could New Orleans (Desmond Mason and Mark Jackson add up to almost $13 million), while the Charlotte Bobcats are far enough under the salary cap to take back Iverson in a trade in which the salaries would not have to even come close to matching.
Another team that can't be totally dismissed is the New York Knicks, who are in the unique position of being able to take back both Iverson and Chris Webber in a trade. Because the salaries of Iverson and Webber add up to nearly $38 million, the Knicks would have to offer at least $30.4 million worth of contracts back -- a total that could be reached with a package of Steve Francis, Quentin Richardson, Malik Rose and Channing Frye.
And although the Sixers would prefer to trade Iverson to a Western Conference team, they're going to take the best offer that's out there, East or West, even in their own division -- and they're going to do it soon.
Stay tuned and we will update you as soon as more news is available.
On another note, just how clutch is Pierce? Very, according to ESPN and Elias. • Paul Pierce hit the game-winning basket at the buzzer for Boston in its win over the Nets. It was the sixth time in his NBA career that Pierce hit the game-winning field goal with less than one second to go in the fourth quarter or overtime. That's two more such baskets than any other NBA player since Pierce entered the league in 1998-99. Vince Carter and Kobe Bryant are next with four over that span.