Iverson to the Heat?

Michael Wallace

Allen Iverson might still prove to be a free agent answer for the Miami Heat.

Apparently, Heat president Pat Riley hasn’t abandoned his interest or pursuit of the 10-time NBA All-Star Iverson-badDetroit and former league MVP just yet.According to a source close to Iverson (pictured right) on Thursday, Riley reached out to the 10-time NBA All-Star recently to let him know that the Heat "has continued interest in (Iverson’s) services" and also that Miami "could be a great opportunity for us."

Speaking with reporters by phone from his Los Angeles home earlier this week, Riley acknowledged that there had been Heat interest in both Iverson and free agent guard Jamaal Tinsley. But Riley also said there were no plans to bring in a player to start ahead of rising second-year guard Mario Chalmers.

Riley also suggested he was less likely to bring in an established veteran now than before the Heat lost out in its chase for Lamar Odom, who was the team’s top free agent target. Odom re-signed with the Lakers last week and turned away from the Heat’s five-year, $34 million offer.

Obviously, Riley isn’t ready to completely close the door – ever after Odom slammed one shut – on an Iverson addition to a roster that needs a proven, veteran perimeter scorer to complement Wade.

In addition to the Heat, Iverson had received at least some level of interest from the L.A. Clippers, New York Knicks and Memphis Grizzlies. The Clippers and Grizzlies were, at one point, reportedly ready to offer Iverson a one-year deal for about $5 million. Those teams were interested in A.I. as much for his potential box-office appeal as his slightly diminished but still productive basketball skills.

http://blogs.herald.com/miami_heat/2009/08/allen-iverson-might-still-prove-to-be-a-free-agent-answer-for-the-miami-heat—apparently-heat-president-pat-riley-hasnt-ab.html

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