Allen Iverson has turned down an offer from the Mavs’ D-League affiliate, the Texas Legends, reports ESPN Dallas. Iverson made the announcement via Twitter. The Legends had been pursuing Iverson all season and used their history of helping former NBA players make comebacks to try to convince him.
The Legends, now in their third season, have employed 16 former NBA first-round picks since the team’s inception and previously helped big men Sean Williams and Dan Gadzuric, swingman Chris Douglas-Roberts and veteran guard Antonio Daniels make it back to the NBA.
The Legends, who are co-owned by the Mavs’ president of basketball operations, Donnie Nelson, recently signed NBA veterans Delonte West and Rashad McCants.
Iverson, 37, last played in the NBA in 2009-10; he also declined deals in China. The Legends signed another former NBA 37-year-old, Mike James, earlier this month which eventually led to a 10-day call-up to the Mavs and then a guaranteed contract. Thus far, Iverson has been unwilling to consider playing anywhere but the NBA.
I thank Donnie and Dallas for the consideration and while I think the D-League is a great opportunity, it is not the route for me.— Allen Iverson (@alleniverson) January 29, 2013
I realize my actions contributed to my early departure from the NBA, should God provide me another opportunity I will give it my all— Allen Iverson (@alleniverson) January 29, 2013
My dream has always been to complete my legacy in the NBA— Allen Iverson (@alleniverson) January 29, 2013
To my fans, I love yall! Not a day goes by that I am not asked when am I coming back, we all must accept my return is not up to just me.— Allen Iverson (@alleniverson) January 29, 2013