Sixers Would Be Certifiably Insane Not To Guarantee Iverson’s Contract

January 4th, 2010 by Bryan Toporek Leave a reply »
On Thursday morning, Allen Iverson will either wake up with the comfort of a guaranteed contract likely locking him down in Philadelphia for the rest of the season, or the knowledge that within nearly one month of his triumphant return to Philly, he's once again become a free agent.

That's because the Sixers have a crucial decision to make by Wednesday, similar to a choice once pondered by Shakespeare's Hamlet: "To guarantee A.I.'s contract, or to not guarantee A.I.'s contract?"  

That is the question, indeed.

On Jan. 10, non-guaranteed contracts (such as the one Iverson signed with the Sixers earlier this season) become guaranteed, unless a team waives a non-guaranteed player 48 hours before the deadline.  Since Jan. 10 falls on a Sunday this season, the NBA moved the guarantee date up to Jan. 8, meaning that the Sixers must make their decision on Iverson by Wednesday.

But Iverson's play as of late should make that decision excruciatingly easy.  

After missing four games thanks to some pesky tendinitis in his left knee, Iverson returned to the lineup last Monday against Portland, and immediately reminded Sixers fans ...

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