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Added December 2nd, 2009 by Ryan

Allen Iverson Returns to Philly
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From the Philadelphia 76ers to the Denver Nuggets to the Detroit Pistons to the Memphis Grizzlies and now back to Philly! Iverson has another chance to redeem himself where it all began!

It has been a wild ride for Allen Iverson over the past few seasons after requesting a trade from the Philadelphia 76ers. After getting traded to the Denver Nuggets, AI had some success as he was still the dominant scorer that he had been throughout his entire career in the NBA, but he had to share the basketball with up and coming superstar Carmelo Anthony.

Even though the Nuggets were one of the best teams in the Western Conference with the lethal combination of Melo and AI, the Nuggets never made it past the first round of the playoffs as they were a great offensive squad that had no clue on defense. Obviously, if a team can’t get past the first round and can’t play defense something has to change.

Ultimately, the Nuggets decided to part ways with Iverson and bring in hometown boy Chauncey Billups from the Detroit Pistons who was born and raised in Colorado. Billups was extremely excited to go back home to play for the Nuggets and the results have been very impressive in just one season thus far as the Nuggets made it all the way to the Western Conference Finals last season, but Iverson on the other hand felt what it was like to be a bench player for the first time in his career with a Pistons team in the middle of a rebuilding process.

Needless to say, Iverson didn’t like his diminished role with the Pistons and Detroit had no intentions of keeping AI when he became a free agent in the offseason.

Interestingly enough, the free agent market for Allen Iverson was bleak to say the least as no teams were willing to offer him a starting role or even anything more than a one year deal. After going through the reality of realizing that no teams were willing to take on Iverson’s baggage this season, the former NBA MVP had to settle for the Memphis Grizzlies, but that didn’t last long as Iverson asked for his release after just three games in a Grizzlies uniform.

After Iverson’s failed attempt to find a new team after parting ways with Memphis, the 10-time All-Star thought it was time to call it quits and announced his intention to retire from the game of basketball.

Despite announcing his intention to retire from the NBA, many people believed that we hadn’t seen the last of Iverson and that we hadn’t as Iverson’s former team in the Philadelphia 76ers were willing to take a chance on the player that was at one point in time was the face of the franchise and led the team to the NBA Finals.

Reportedly the deal is only for one season for about $600,000+ which is quite a pay cut. Despite not getting anything close to what the Grizzlies were going to pay, Iverson will without a doubt have the best chance to revitalize his career with 76ers as they are in desperate need of veteran leadership and a scorer of Iverson’s caliber.

It will be interesting to see how this will all pan out, but it seems like if Iverson plays his cards right he was have a chance to redeem himself this season with the team that made him the superstar he is today.

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