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Iverson Wants Out Of Philadelphia

by Thomas Jensen on Monday, December 11th, 2006

Iverson Wants Out Of PhiladelphiaQuestions abound regarding often disgruntled basketball star Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia Seventy-Sixers. Now Iverson wants out of Philadelphia and it seems the ownership will try to oblige the 10 year Sixers star guard. It was first reported that Iverson would be traded on Friday. It was reported that by Friday’s end, Iverson would be wearing another team’s uniform. Well, now it’s Monday and from what I can tell, Iverson is still a Sixer, but for how long?

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Philadelphia Seventy-Sixers owner Ed Snider discussed the Iverson situation in an interview over the weekend.

"Allen Iverson is a great, great basketball player and he's done a tremendous amount of good things for our organization, and whatever happens we wish him well." Snider said. "I was disappointed, at the very least, but I think that every player has the right to say what he wants. Allen has decided that's what he wants." Snider was of course commenting on Iverson’s demand to be traded out of Philadelphia. When asked if Iverson has played his last game in a Sixers uniform Snider responded with one word, “probably.”  

Snider said the team received calls from "about half the league" since news broke Friday that the relationship between the team and their star had dissolved beyond repair. The question isn't when Iverson will be traded now; it's when and to what team. As Snider stated, half the league is a candidate for his services so it is too early to speculate where he will be going.

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Hopefully sooner than later the Sixers will be able to deal Iverson who has become some what of an “aching tooth” to the franchise. They are not a playoff team with him or without him. At least with him they can compete in most games. The question remains, who wants him and what can the Sixers get for him? 

Iverson was unofficially suspended for the weekend games and will not be in uniform tonight when the Sixers take on the Portland Trailblazers tonight. The Sixers have lost four games in a row and went 0-2 over the weekend losing Friday 98-113 at home to Washington and Saturday 84-86 on the road at Orlando.

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