Walsh, D’Antoni to meet with Iverson before finishing deal
MARC BERMAN and BRIAN COSTELLO
Allen Iverson became a free man again last night, clearing waivers and clearing the way for him to join the Knicks in time for next week’s West Coast trip vs. the Lakers, Kings and Nuggets.Knicks president Donnie Walsh and Mike D’Antoni were planning on interviewing Iverson first as final confirmation of their desire to make this massive move that changes the entire face of this season’s club. There’s a possibility of Iverson coming to New York for a sit-down meeting — the primary reason for the delay.
Walsh and D’Antoni said an official signing may not come until after the weekend. Walsh, who met with his scouts yesterday, is expected to offer Iverson a one-year, $1.3M deal unless the interview goes awry.
he Post reported in yesterday’s editions that D’Antoni told Walsh he endorsed the move. Walsh was leaning against pursuing Iverson, calling it “a long shot,” until D’Antoni said he was all for it, a reversal of his position over the summer. A heavy recommendation from Iverson’s former coach Larry Brown also was a factor.
D’Antoni fears the Knicks’ roster might not be better than its horrible 2-9 start and is concerned a 20-win season would scare away LeBron James. At one point yesterday, D’Antoni referred to the Knicks as “dead in the water,” but he quickly corrected himself.
If Iverson sparkles and warrants a new contract, he could turn into a lure for James. Leon Rose is the agent for both James and Iverson, who has the Knicks on top of his list.