Should the Bulls Trade for Iverson?
By Benjy Lipsman in News on Dec 13, 2006 7:07PM
Last week's Bulls-76ers game was evidently Allen Iverson's final game for Philly. The disgruntled guard has been inactive since Friday's game and will remain there according to team officials. Sixers Chairman Ed Snider said on Friday, "I think it's time for him to move on, and for us to move on and find out where everything stands."
With his locker's nameplate gone and his locker empty, it's clear this isn't a bluff. And with the Sixers actively shopping the All Star, there have been countless rumors about where he'll end up and for whom.
With a roster deep with young talent, yet in need of a superstar, the Bulls have been one of the teams most speculated about. Even Icelanders are taking time away from the Bjork worshiping to question the Trib's Sam Smith about Iverson.
Stephen A. Smith suggested in the Philadelphia Enquirer that the Bulls could offer a package of Ben Gordon, the expiring contracts of Michael Sweetney and P.J. Brown, along with their first round draft pick could land AI. However, Bulls GM John Paxon shot this rumor down on Monday.
Chicagoist hopes Paxon's telling the truth that "the Answer" is no. The last thing we'd want to see is Iverson in a Bulls uniform. While we do agree that the lack of a game-changing superstar may be the Bulls' missing piece, AI's selfish game and history of conflict with his coaches is the last thing the Bulls need. While the spat between Scott Skiles and Ben Wallace blew over quickly enough, Overson seems to be a continual problem for coaches that may go into remission but never goes away. As Sam Smith suggests, the Bulls would be better served and trying to trade for the SuperSonics' Rashard Lewis.