Iverson near terms with Turkish team: report
Allen Iverson has been talking some serious turkey.
Iverson, one of the most prolific scorers in NBA annals, reportedly is close to inking a two-year, $4-million US contract with Besiktas Cola Turka, a Turkish basketball team.
Beskiktas board member Seref Yalcin told Turkish media outlet Anatolian that, "Iverson wants to come and play for Besiktas. I will go to the United States on Friday and talk to him face to face … I think we will have an official deal after this meeting."
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Yalcin said they will likely discuss "a variety of details," including the educational opportunities in Istanbul for Iverson's children.
Iverson split 28 games last season between the Memphis Grizzlies and Philadelphia 76ers, and averaged careers lows in points (13.8) and assists (4.0) playing on an arthritic left knee.
The 35-year-old point guard hasn't played since requesting a leave of absence in March to address family issues.
Iverson was a scoring machine in his prime, winning four scoring titles and earning NBA most valuable player honours in 2001.
He ranks 17th all-time in league scoring with 24,368 points, and boasts career averages of 26.7 points, 6.2 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 2.2 steals in 914 games over 14 NBA seasons with the Sixers, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons and Grizzlies.
Despite diminishing numbers the past few seasons, Iverson, whose mercurial personality often clashed with head coaches, remains one of the NBA's most popular players — he was chosen an all-star last season — and would likely be a decent drawing card overseas.
With files from The Associated Press