I am looking forward to meeting the owner of the Memphis Grizzlies on tomorrow, along with his staff. I want to help them develop a winner.
Good luck building a winner in Memphis. But seriously, this is a good move for both sides. Iverson wants to stay in the NBA (despite potential big money offers in Europe) and the Grizzles need the shot of fan excitement Iverson will provide, even as a reserve. According to the Detroit Free-Press, the Grizzles are expected to offer a one-year deal in the neighborhood of $3.5 million.
It's difficult to believe that Iverson isn't worth that much to a contending team looking for a scoring sixth man, a la Ben Gordon, but these are the new economics of a league where the salary cap is expected to shrink again next year. And after Iverson chafed under a similar role in Detroit last season, perhaps teams are more worried about team chemistry than about the potential benefit of adding a scoring dynamo like Iverson off the bench. For a team as desperate as the Grizzlies, however, inking Iverson to such a modest deal would be a coup.