Allen Iverson Could End Up Playing in Puerto Rico or Venezuela

February 10, 2012 – 3:09 am by Ryan Phillips

During the NBA lockout Allen Iverson claimed to be interested in making an NBA comeback. Well, it’s already February and he has yet to land anywhere.

But fear not AI fans, there is hope that he will play professional basketball this year, only it won’t exactly be where he was thinking. On Monday Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Iverson’s representatives have contacted numerous NBA teams but have yet to gain any traction. However, recently Puerto Rico’s professional league has started talking to the 36-year-old about a possible contract.

Now, it is being reported that there may be a bidding war for Iverson’s services in second-tier leagues. Apparently a Venezuelan team, Guaros de Lara, has entered the mix for the 11-time All-Star. In addition to the Venezuelan squad, Puerto Rican club Indios de Mayaguez is interested in AI.

One Puerto Rican team, Mets de Guaynabo, turned down the opportunity to sign Iverson.

Regardless of whether or not “The Answer” ends up playing overseas, a return to the NBA is highly unlikely.

Iverson has well-documented money issues, and many reports have claimed that he is either broke or in debt thanks to a lavish lifestyle. His latest issue come from jewelry purchases of over $675,000, of which he paid only $300,500. Including interest Iverson owed $662,540.

Stephen A. Smith has claimed that Iverson has been banned from casinos in Detroit and Atlantic City and that “numerous NBA sources” Iverson will either drink himself into oblivion or gamble his life away.”

Hopefully none of that is true and AI can find some way to make money.

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  1. 5 Responses to “Allen Iverson Could End Up Playing in Puerto Rico or Venezuela”

  2. You know you have a serious problem when you get banned from Atlantic City casinos. They need all the business they can get right now.

    By ThePowerWire.com on Feb 10, 2012

  3. Even if Iverson plays well in one of these small-time leagues, it won’t get the attention of NBA teams. He probably still has the talent to be a bench player on an NBA team, the problem is that he won’t accept a supporting role. However, if he were to go to some other league, come off the bench and be happy about it, then maybe an NBA team would feel comfortable in signing him. http://www.nba-ball.com/2012/02/12/ricky-rubio-versus-jeremy-lin-was-a-treat/

    By James Clark on Feb 12, 2012

  4. Didn’t realize he was so old…shame he has wasted all his money, was fun to watch him cut people up though.

    By Brett Peterson on May 21, 2013

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