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Allen Iverson ready to sign contract with Turkish basketball team, club spokesman says

October 25, 2010 |  8:55 am

Iverson_300 After leaving the NBA for personal reasons in March, former superstar Allen Iverson is said to be ready to hoop it up once again -- for Turkish basketball team Besiktas.

A team spokesman said Monday the former NBA MVP is ready to sign a two-year contract with Besiktas.

"Iverson wants to come and play for Besiktas," club board member Seref Yalcin told Anatolian, Turkey's state-run news agency. "I will go to the United States on Friday and talk to him face to face. ... I think we'll have an official deal after this meeting."

Anatolian is reporting the contract is worth $2 million a year, although Besiktas declined to reveal the value of the contract.

Iverson played 14 seasons in the NBA, including his first 10 with the Philadelphia 76ers. He also played for the Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons and Memphis Grizzlies, and briefly returned to Philadelphia last season.

He is 17th on the NBA's all-time scoring list (24,368 points).

-- Chuck Schilken

Reuters contributed to this report.

Photo: Allen Iverson with the Philadelphia 76ers in January. Credit: Matt Slocum / Associated Press