NBA News and Rumors – August 28, 2009

Allen Iverson says he’d ‘love to play’ in Memphis with Grizzlies


Orlando Magic re-sign center Adonal Foyle

Allen Iverson says he’d ‘love to play’ in Memphis with Grizzlies

Ronald Tillery

Wondering whether Allen Iverson will actually join the Grizzlies?

The free-agent guard sure talks a good game.

Iverson, 34, indicated Thursday on his Twitter account that he is close to accepting the Grizzlies’ latest offer.

Iverson wrote that "Memphis is a place that I would love to play. The Grizzlies have good young players with a great upside. I love the city of Memphis too.

"I would lead by example. I could show how important it is to work hard everyday, play the game the right way, & just like it’s your last!"

The Griz made their second offer of the summer to Iverson on Tuesday, trying to lure the dynamic scorer with a one-year deal that starts at $3.5 million and is loaded with incentives.

Iverson first had a one-year, $5million deal from the Grizzlies to consider. The Griz pulled that offer off the table several weeks ago, but are willing to give Iverson what they have left to spend under the NBA salary cap.

Iverson’s agent, Leon Rose, has been told that the ball is in their court with a timetable. Memphis’ plan is to move forward by mid-September.



The agent for David Lee would not rule out the possibility of his client being an unsigned contract holdout when Knicks training camp opens Sept. 28.

In the NBA, it is almost unheard-of for players of Lee’s stature to be camp holdouts.

"I certainly hope not, but you have to have an agreement," agent Mark Bartelstein told The Post yesterday. "I never thought we’d be this far without a deal. It comes down to making a deal. You have to ask [team president] Donnie [Walsh]."

"All we’ve agreed is if we can’t do a sign-and-trade, we will work out a reasonable one-year deal," Bartelstein said.

Walsh did not return phone calls. Bartelstein said Lee will not accept the $2.5 million qualifying offer and dismissed rumblings Lee has been offered a one-year deal between $5 million and $6 million.

Orlando Magic re-sign center Adonal Foyle

Tania Ganguli

The Orlando Magic re-signed center Adonal Foyle, 34, bringing their roster to 13 players.

The contract is a one-year deal, according to an NBA source, believed to be worth the league’s veteran minimum of $1.3 million.

Foyle played in 10 games last season. He began it with the Orlando Magic, then was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies as part of a three-team deal that brought point guard Rafer Alston to Orlando on Feb. 19. The Grizzlies released Foyle on March 1 and Foyle re-signed with the Magic on March 23.

He became a free agent after the season.

Foyle began his 12-year career with the Golden State Warriors in 1997. Throughout that time he has averaged 4.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.63 blocks in 17.8 minutes per game.

Foyle will back up starting center Dwight Howard and reserve Marcin Gortat.,0,187575.story

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