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Allen Iverson turns down offer to play in NBA's D-League

January 29, 2013|By Chuck Schilken
  • Allen Iverson, shown in 2010 while playing professional basketball in Turkey, still has his sights set on an NBA comeback.
Allen Iverson, shown in 2010 while playing professional basketball in… (Ibrahim Usta / Associated…)

Allen Iverson wants to play in the NBA again -- but not the NBA Development League.

The former league MVP and 11-time All-Star took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce that he will not be accepting an offer to play for the Texas Legends, the Dallas Mavericks' D-League affiliate, and to explain that decision.

"I thank Donnie [Nelson, the Mavericks' president of basketball operations and co-owner of the Legends] and Dallas for the consideration and while I think the D-League is a great opportunity, it is not the route for me," wrote Iverson, who has not played in the NBA since the 2009-10 season.

He next tweeted: "I realize my actions contributed to my early departure from the NBA, should God provide me another opportunity I will give it my all.

Gary Moore, Iverson's manager, confirmed the decision, Associated Press reported.

Iverson was the 1996-1997 rookie of the year and 2000-2001 MVP. He's sixth all-time with 26.7 points per game, 13th with 1,982 steals and 24th with 24,368 overall points. After a brief stint with a professional team in Turkey and some exhibition games in China, he apparently has his sights set solely on a return to the NBA.

"My dream has always been to complete my legacy in the NBA," Iverson tweeted Tuesday after disclosing his decision to pass on the D-League.

He added: "To my fans, I love yall! Not a day goes by that I am not asked when am I coming back, we all must accept my return is not up to just me."

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