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December 13, 2006

Source: Iverson would like to play in Boston or Minnesota

PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia 76ers are still unable to shed Allen Iverson and a wretched losing streak.



The Sixers would love to be rid of both, and soon.



But Iverson is still a Sixer, six days after chairman Ed Snider said they were seeking to deal the seven-time All-Star and former MVP. Instead, it was another day full of unfounded rumors and speculation, but no new home for Iverson and his 31.2 points per game.



The Sixers, though, play seven of their next 10 on the road where they are a conference-worst 2-10. Maybe they'll run into their ol' pal Iverson. Three of those road games are against Boston tonight in Philadelphia followed by games against Golden State and Sacramento, three of the most heavily rumored Iverson destinations.



ESPN.com's Marc Stein wrote, "Iverson, sources say, most wants to go Minnesota or Boston. He's also apparently open to Indiana and would presumably sanction Carmelo Anthony's Denver Nuggets, who are said to have registered interest in spite of their vows to sit this out."



Charlotte could be involved in a possible multi-team trade, though it's unlikely the Bobcats will end up with Iverson. A person with knowledge of possible deals told The Associated Press yesterday that Iverson did not squash a trade to the Bobcats.




Also, Bobcats coach and general manager Bernie Bickerstaff denied a Philadelphia Inquirer report that Iverson had "indicated his displeasure with being sent to the Bobcats," and killed a trade to Charlotte.



"No. That's the biggest crap I've ever seen," Bickerstaff said to Charlotte.com.



The Charlotte Observer quoted Bickerstaff as saying the team was never close to a deal to acquire Iverson, and that the Bobcats only offered salary-cap room as an aid to the Sixers. Basically, they'd be working as a third team to make a trade work.



Players have grown weary of the daily Iverson interrogations, and insisted after Tuesday's practice the only thing they cared about was ending their longest losing streak in nine years.



"I don't really let (rumors) affect me," Sixers center Samuel Dalembert said. "I've been hearing it for six years, on and off. This time, I think it's a little bit more serious, but other than that, we've got to play through it."



For all the scoring he brought to the Sixers, not even Iverson could make a difference for a franchise sliding toward another draft lottery. The Sixers were stuck in last place when he was placed on in the inactive list Friday, and they're still there after Monday's loss to Portland.



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