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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Sixers Considering Iverson Trades?
Philly said no to a deal with Denver, KYW-TV (Ch. 3) reported this morning. Think I've found the original source, ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher. ESPN.com's Marc Stein writes today: "And perhaps the juiciest nugget, literally and figuratively, comes from my ESPN The Magazine colleague Ric Bucher. I wrote Friday in our blog from All-Star Weekend that the Sixers, if not actively shopping Allen Iverson, were indeed exploring their Iverson options before the deadline. Bucher took it a (big) step further on Tuesday night's NBA Coast to Coast on ESPN2 when he reported that the Nuggets tried to acquire Iverson with a package built around [6-11 center-forward] Nene and [6-1 guard Earl] Watson (and presumably including draft picks as well). The Sixers briefly considered it, Buch says, before declining." KYW ran a clip of Sixers coach Maurice Cheeks smiling and saying he'll be glad when Friday comes and the trade deadline has passed.

Sixers top boss Ed Snider, who had earlier told the Washington Post that A.I. was staying, sounded open to a trade in an interview for Sunday's Inquirer: "If we can make any change that we believe will help our club do better, we have to do it. You can't, in my mind, have untouchables in the situation that we're in."

This just in: Found a DenverPost.com note that makes this proposed swap sound one-sided: "The Nuggets are also believed to have made a longshot run at Philadelphia's all-star guard, Allen Iverson, though talks did not get far there."


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