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article imageAllen Iverson leaves Memphis Grizzlies, cites personal reasons

By Andrew Moran     Nov 17, 2009 in Sports
Ten-time NBA all-star and veteran, Allen "The Answer" Iverson, has left the Memphis Grizzlies after signing with them in September and playing merely three games.
Since the 2006-2007 season, Allen “The Answer” Iverson has played with three different teams: Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons and Memphis Grizzlies. Iverson has now made the decision to leave the Memphis Grizzlies after they signed him as a free agent in September, according to Reuters.
Iverson cited personal reasons but his personal manager did say that the 10-time NBA all-star still wants to resume his career in the NBA and hopefully this season, reports Yahoo! Sports.
AFP notes that the 34-year-old NBA MVP was on a leave of absence since November 7 to deal with a personal matter that has yet been disclosed to the public.
The team issued a statement, “The Grizzlies and Allen Iverson have come to a mutual agreement that because of personal matters that forced him to leave the team on November 7, Allen will step away from the game at this time allowing him to focus on those matters. As a result we will be ending our contractual agreement with Allen, which will allow both parties to move forward. We wish Allen all the best.”
The New York Knicks may be the next team to sign Iverson and his personal manager told the press that Iverson would love to play there, “That’s one of his favorite places to play. He loves [Mike] D’Antoni’s style of play. He’s always had respect for Donnie Walsh since his days in Indiana. We’d be elated if that is true."
Iverson averaged 12.3 points and 3.7 assists in his three games with the Grizzlies.
For 10 years, Iverson played with the Philadelphia 76ers before joining three other teams. He has a career average of 43 per cent field goal average and 31.3 three-point field goal percentage.
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