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Posted in Uncategorized by t2then on November 28, 2009

PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Allen Iverson(notes) is talking about a comeback. And the Philadelphia 76ers are at least discussing the idea of bringing back their former franchise superstar.

A person with knowledge of the talks says the Sixers have been approached about signing the recently retired guard, and team management has held internal discussions about bringing Iverson back.

The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because talks have not been made public, says Iverson is among the free-agent candidates the Sixers are considering to replace injured point guard Lou Williams, who’s expected to miss eight weeks after jaw surgery.

verson’s agent, Leon Rose, and 76ers team president Ed Stefanski did not immediately return messages for comment.

Iverson would find a Sixers team in the same mediocre shape he left it amid squabbles with management. The Sixers have lost five straight and are 5-11 entering Sunday’s game at San Antonio. The Sixers were bounced out of the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs each of the past two seasons.

Iverson would immediately spark interest and ticket sales among Philadelphia’s largely apathetic fan base. The Sixers are 29th in the NBA in attendance, and Iverson would spike that sagging number.

“I always wanted to finish my career here in Philadelphia,” he said. “The opportunity was there for me to do it. In a lot of ways, I made sure that didn’t happen.”

He might get that second act to make it end the way he wants.


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