The Allen Iverson experiment with the Memphis Grizzlies is over.
Memphis announced Monday that the team has ended its one-year contract with the 10-time All-Star and former league MVP in what it called a mutual agreement. Iverson began an indefinite leave of absence on Nov. 7 to deal with a personal issue after playing only three games with the Grizzlies, all in California.
“Because of personal matters that forced him to leave the team on November 7, Allen will step away from the game at this time, allowing him to focus on those matters,” general manager Chris Wallace said in a statement. “As a result, we will be ending our contractual agreement with Allen, which will allow both parties to move forward. We wish Allen the best.”
The Grizzlies will waive Iverson but the team had not done that as of Monday night.
Iverson, who announced he was headed to Memphis on his Twitter account, hasn’t posted any updates there since Nov. 2 when he played his first game with the Grizzlies.
Warriors unload Jackson
Stephen Jackson walked into the locker room, took one look at his newly stitched Charlotte Bobcats uniform and smiled.
It wasn’t a Golden State jersey, so he was happy – for now.
The Warriors found a home for the disgruntled swingman Monday, sending him to the Bobcats in a four-player deal that pairs him with coach Larry Brown. The Bobcats traded shooting guard Raja Bell and forward Vladimir Radmanovic to the Warriors for Jackson and guard Acie Law.
“I wanted to be out pretty bad,” Jackson said. “Things were going bad. I was getting blamed for everything. I wasn’t seeing eye to eye with the team. I got fined in preseason, which was ridiculous. It was just a lot of things that I didn’t agree with that was going on.”
The deal gave Jackson his wish: a ticket out of town after his difficult relationship with Warriors coach Don Nelson.
Los Angeles Lakers forward Luke Walton has been diagnosed with a pinched nerve and is expected to be out at least six weeks. … Shaquille O’Neal’s mysterious shoulder injury is expected to keep him out of Cleveland’s game today against Golden State. O’Neal, who’s still receiving treatment, did not practice Monday. … Utah point guard Deron Williams plans to play this week after missing two games to be with his family. Williams returned to practice Monday after missing time as one of his young daughters went through medical tests for an undisclosed condition.