Grizzlies Set Deadline for Allen Iverson
Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial-Appeal reports that the previously patience management of the Grizzlies has become less forgiving of Allen Iverson's mysterious exile. Tillery writes that Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley has told A.I.'s agent the guard has until the end of the week to choose between rejoining Memphis or retiring.
Further, Tillery has an Iverson source passing on word it's unlikely The Answer will be back in Memphis. Heisley may be willing to trade Iverson, but that can't happen for another month, and boy would that be one awkward month. If Iverson retires, he'd be restricted from signing an NBA contract for a year, unless he can convince all 30 teams (including the Grizz) to reinstate him early. (This is unlikely. Even Jason Williams, non-controversial as he is, could not get reinstated early.) I have a feeling we have seen the last of A.I. this season.