PHILADELPHIA — Even with all signs of Allen Iverson removed from the Wachovia Center, it was still all about the former MVP before Wednesday night’s game between the Celtics and Sixers. What else would you expect with Boston rumored to be a possible destination for Iverson? At least, Iverson appeared a good fit for a Celtics uniform when the Sixers said they would honor his trade request last Friday.
But circumstances change quickly in the NBA.
Executive director of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Wednesday that he has not talked to Philadelphia president Billy King for ‘‘48 hours.’’ Ainge also characterized the chances of a Boston-Philadelphia deal as ‘‘slim.’’ But that did not stop other Celtics’ trade scenarios from emerging last night like the one where Theo Ratliff, Delonte West, Sebastian Telfair and Ryan Gomes would swap places with Iverson. That deal would save Ainge from trading Gerald Green and Al Jefferson.
With a lot of speculation, but no deal in sight, Iverson’s stock appears to have fallen dramatically around the league. Possible suitors now sound skittish about acquiring the talented, but notoriously difficult All-Star guard. Minnesota, Golden State and Denver remain front runners with Dallas, Indiana, Chicago, and the L.A. Clippers possible suitors. Boston could reemerge in the Iverson sweepstakes , but likely only as a trading partner in a three or four-team deal.