I have made my thoughts on Iverson very clear. I don't want him. Yes, he is a very good player and may help us this season, but his attitude is going to be poison to this team in the long run. Who would we have to give up to get him? Reports have surfaced that Green in a package would do it. Others say Al Jefferson in a package would do it. Both of those guys are going to be all stars long after Iverson is out of the league. Today's Globe has this to say:
Although Ainge had nothing new to say with regard to speculation that Allen Iverson will soon be a Celtic, a league source said the Celtics would be very interested in a deal as long as it did not involve Gerald Green. The source said one possible scenario was sending Theo Ratliff, Delonte West, Sebastian Telfair, and Al Jefferson to Philadelphia for Iverson. The salary numbers would work. But whatever happens, Rivers wants it to be sooner rather than later.
It is good to hear that Green is not available but I am not interested in any deal that includes Jefferson or West either. But even if they would take a package of Scal, Ratliff and a second round draft pick, I still wouldn't want Iverson in Boston. Think back to how poisonous Blount's attitude was and he was a happy camper compared to Iverson.
Many teams would surely take Iverson, 31, who ranks second in the league in scoring (31.2). Wherever he goes, it better be a winner, or Iverson, who badly wants an NBA title, might become a distraction there, too
Adding Iverson to our team is not going to make us instantly a contender especially if we give up several of our better young players to get him. We still have some growing to do and Iverson is going to be just as unhappy here as he is in Philly.
Iverson, indeed, gave up. "If you know your leader doesn't care, how are we supposed to play with the guy?" steamed a teammate to his agent.
Iverson may not blame Cheeks for the 76ers' worst record in the Atlantic Division, but there's no question they've got differences that aren't going away. One of them pertains to Iverson's lack of attention to detail, lack of respect for authority and unwillingness to practice hard.
Following a conflict at workout last week, Iverson stormed out of the building. That evening he failed to show for a mandatory team function for corporate sponsors and prime season ticket holders.
These quotes show what kind of an attitude that Iverson has. We just don't need that here. If he doesn't like Cheeks, he will hate Doc as well. I just don't see him fitting in here.
When Tommy was asked about the trade rumors he had this reaction: "The Redhead in Needham says 'No Trade'." When Doc was asked about possibly getting AI, his reply was: "I like coaching the guys I coach right now." I am with Doc and Tommy... No trade. I like the guys we have now. We are starting to see dividends from some of them and they are growing from game to game. I don't want to see any of our young players coming back to haunt us long after Iverson is out of the league or on another team because he was so disruptive here.