It's day five of the "Trade A.I." saga, and still nothing solid to report. Meanwhile, the Sixers season of destiny continues and the Boston Celtics come into Philly tonight as 2.5 point road favorites, a position wholly unfamiliar to the Celts. It's a meeting of two of the worst teams in the NBA, led by two of the worst head coaches in the league and built by two of the worst GMs the game has ever seen. Should be fun to watch. At least we'll get a close look at Al Jefferson and Delonte West, two players whose names keep coming up in A.I. trade rumors.
Speaking of trades, I've talked a lot about what the Sixers need to get back, so today let's take a look at what would be the best, worst and most comical place for A.I. to land.
The Best: Hands down, it's Minnesota. Kevin Garnett is the perfect superstar to play alongside A.I. Iverson would step in as the number one, and number two options on offense, which he's obviously comfortable with. Garnett will be able to go back to dominating off the ball. It won't equal a ring, but they'll probably make the playoffs which is more than Iverson's going to get in Philly anytime soon. I don't think A.I.'s going to be happy going somewhere and being a second or third option on offense.
The Worst: Charlotte, or any other team with no prayer of making the playoffs. If Iverson is taken at his word, he wants out of Phillly because he's sick of losing and doesn't want to spend the rest of his career out of the playoffs. Charlotte is headed down that road, especially with an owner who doesn't want to approach the salary cap. He may sell some seats, but his petulence would be out of control in that situation.
The Most Comical: This depends on your sense of humor. If you want to see Iverson suffer, and possibly fist-fight a teammate the Knicks are probably second on this list. Marbury and Iverson on the floor at the same time would be a sight to behold, only to be surpassed by ... Iverson and Kobe "sharing" the ball. If Iverson went to the Lakers the average number of passes per offensive possession would drop to one, the inbounds pass. For my money though, the destination with the most potential for laughs is Sacramento. It's not that Iverson and Artest would be at odds on the court, in fact Artest would be a great compliment to A.I., he's unselfish as a player and a hard-nosed defender. The laughs would come from the Sacramento nightclub scene. Seriously, how long before these two get a fresh set of mug shots taken? The Kings may need to trade for Steven Jackson to provide the muscle when this pair goes out on the town.
An enterprising reporter sought out Artest for a comment on A.I.'s situation. Artest had some advice (Which is hilarious in and and of itself), "Just go out and play the game. In my case, I wanted to be traded, but at the same time, I wanted to play, and play to win." This advice coming from the guy who asked for a month off to promote his CD.
Check out the Sports Guy's column on Iverson, it's a great read and he's on point.
UPDATE: ESPN has a poll on its homepage right now asking where Iverson would be the best fit. Minnesota is running away with the voting at 49% as of 2:54pm.
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