According to Phil Jasner of the Philadelphia Daily News, the team isn't willing to guarantee the entire contract until they're convinced Iverson is fully committed to his return -- Iverson would have until Jan. 10, roughly six weeks from today, to prove himself.
Is the team simply looking for a six-week stopgap until Williams returns? (Or, a more sinister hypothetical, is the front office merely testing Iverson's box office appeal to see how much his presence will improve the team's pathetic home attendance numbers?)
Iverson and the Sixers have a lot of history together, but it remains to be seen if there's still enough trust between both sides for Iverson to believe that he'll get a fair shake to prove himself based solely on his play on the court and not factors beyond his control. Stay tuned.