By David Aldridge, TNT Analyst
Posted Sep 7 2009 8:26AM
Free agent Allen Iverson said that he will meet with Memphis Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley on Monday, the clearest sign that the 34-year-old is leaning toward accepting the Grizzlies' one-year, $3.5 million offer.
Iverson disclosed the information on his Twitter page late Sunday evening.
"I am looking forward to meeting the owner of the Memphis Grizzlies on tomorrow," Iverson wrote, "along with his staff. I want to help them develop a winner."
Iverson has been looking for a soft landing since his less-than-a-year stint with the Detroit Pistons ended badly, with Iverson shutting himself down before the playoffs began with the team's agreement. He could not come to grips with the role that then-coach Michael Curry envisioned, coming off the bench in place of Richard Hamilton. Earlier in the season, Curry had reversed the roles, with Hamilton spelling Iverson, but the move led to a near-mutiny inside the Pistons' locker room.
Iverson has been courted this summer by the Heat, Bobcats and Grizzlies. The Los Angeles Clippers had a passing interest in him as well, but Clippers Coach Mike Dunleavy never seemed very excited about the possibility, preferring Milwaukee restricted free agent Ramon Sessions. But the Clippers couldn't come up with a sign-and-trade deal with Milwaukee that made sense, and Sessions signed a four-year, $16 million offer sheet last week with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Iverson was dealt from Denver to Detroit early in the season in a deal for guard Chauncey Billups. He averaged 17.5 points per game last season total, the lowest average of his career. He has said in Twitter feeds and in interviews on NBA TV that he is only looking for a place where he can continue with his career. The Grizzlies have incumbent point guard Mike Conley, Jr., and O.J. Mayo in the backcourt.
Iverson has been working out with former 76ers teammate Eric Snow, an NBA TV analyst, in Atlanta this summer.
"Got up a bunch of shots today," Iverson said in an earlier post, "and the jumper is still very wet."
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