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News » Source: 76ers awaiting Iverson's answer on offer

Source: 76ers awaiting Iverson's answer on offer

Source: 76ers awaiting Iverson's answer on offer OKLAHOMA CITY - Fittingly, the ball is in Allen Iverson's hands.

Yesterday, according to a source close to the negotiations, the 76ers offered Iverson a non-guaranteed contract for this season.

The deal is on the table; only he has the answer.

According to that same source, the Sixers are awaiting a response from Iverson's agent, Leon Rose, and expect that answer today.

Yesterday in Philadelphia, Sixers general manager Ed Stefanski met with Rose, formally laying out the offer: a prorated amount of the $1.3 minimum veteran's minimum, roughly $600,000 to $650,000, which would become guaranteed for the remainder of the season if Iverson remained on the roster Jan. 10.

Before then, the Sixers could cut Iverson, who played 10-plus seasons for the organization before being traded to the Denver Nuggets in 2006, without financial ramifications.

Offering a non-guaranteed contract is not entirely about money, the source said. It's also about gauging Iverson's desire and adaptability.

If Iverson's camp rejects the offer, according to this source, there is no other offer forthcoming: It's non-guaranteed or nothing.

Explained the source: "This would be something he would have to acquiesce to, and maybe show some good faith. You could say he's at a desperate point in his Basketball life."

A source close to Iverson said the star point guard and 2001 NBA MVP would not normally accept a non-guaranteed offer, but would consider this one because of his desire to return to the city where it all started.

Iverson also still owns a home here: His five-bedroom Villanova mansion is on the market for $3.25 million, down from the $6.3 million Iverson was asking when he first put it up for sale in July 2007.

"Allen always has had and still has a very warm spot in his heart for Philadelphia," Rose said, adding that his client "absolutely" still has some Basketball left in him.

Iverson, 34, is a 10-time all-star. Earlier this month, he parted ways with the Memphis Grizzlies, for whom he played only three games. In this, his 14th NBA season, Iverson's career scoring average is 27.0 points per game.

Yesterday's meeting between Stefanski and Rose came a day after a two-hour meeting in Dallas that included four members of the Sixers' organization: Stefanski, assistant general manager Tony DiLeo, coach Eddie Jordan, and assistant coach Aaron McKie. Present with Iverson were Rose and Gary Moore, the player's manager.

A few hours after that meeting, the Sixers lost to the Mavericks for their seventh straight defeat.

ESPN reported early yesterday morning that the Sixers were prepared to send McKie back to Philadelphia to work out with Iverson in preparation for Iverson's "debut," which likely would be Monday night at the Wachovia Center against his former team, the Denver Nuggets.

As of yesterday afternoon, McKie remained with the team. The Sixers flew yesterday afternoon from Dallas to Oklahoma City, where they will play the Thunder tonight. Before flying, the team practiced at Southern Methodist University and answered questions about Iverson's potential return.

"Am I preparing myself for him to come back? Not really," Jordan said. "I'm an NBA coach; I know how he likes to play. If it happens, I think there will be a lot of conversation before he hits the floor, with my coaches, with my front office, and with him. And we'll sort of formulate a plan, off the cuff, and it shouldn't be that hard."

According to the first source, the organization began seriously considering Iverson only after starting point guard Lou Williams had surgery to repair a broken jaw, sidelining him for eight weeks.

Williams' return is tentatively scheduled for the middle of January, right around when the Sixers would have to make a decision about Iverson, if Iverson were to accept the team's non-guaranteed offer.

Sixers swingman Andre Iguodala, the team's leading scorer, said he didn't believe Iverson would "come in here and try to take over the team."

"We're looking forward to it, you know?" Iguodala said. "When you have so many guys go down, or things aren't going the way you want to, you have to make some type of change, bring a new guy in you hope makes things a lot better. When he gets in - if he gets in - he'll help us out."

Added Iguodala: "I think it's obvious that we need something."

Contact staff writer Kate Fagan at 856-779-3844 or kfagan@phillynews.com.

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