Sunday, December 10, 2006

Owner Taylor "Softens His Stance" On Iverson

From the Pioneer Press:
Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor softened his stance on the possibility of acquiring Philadelphia 76ers all-star Allen Iverson on Saturday, saying it could be something to consider.

"The only reason to do something like that would be to see if you had a better chance of winning the championship," Taylor said. "I don't think you want to just go out there and do it if it won't help you win a championship, even though initially there might be some fan interest to watch him play. Would adding him and deleting other people on your team, do you have a better chance of winning the championship? If people made a proposal to me, that's the only way I'd look at it, and no one's done that."

The Pioneer Press also weighs the pros and cons of trading for Iverson.

Mad Dog likes keeping up on the Iverson trade rumors but doesn't want to leave Minnesota.

Mike James also says he doesn't want to be traded:
"If that was the case, I would have made a different decision," he said, regarding chosing to sign with the Wolves this summer.

KG on AI:
"We have a connection," Garnett said. "We consider each other friends. I go to some of his outings when I have a chance. I know his people, his family."

Garnett also said he's been "unaware of all the Iverson drama," but knows that Trent Hassell will keep him informed.
"Management will do whatever they're going to do. It's out of my hands. I come here to hoop, get double doubles, make sure guys are doing what they should do, try to wreak havoc."

The Philadelphia Inquirer believes the Sixers need serious help so the Wolves might not be an option:
That means no trade with Minnesota, whose 2007 first-round pick already has been traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. That means no deal that brings players with big contracts that extend beyond 2007 or, at worst, 2008.