Grizzlies unsure of Iverson's plans

November 10, 2009

Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley said Monday he is not sure what Allen Iverson's future plans are, though he hopes Iverson returns to the Grizzlies soon. Heisley granted the 10-time All-Star, who has expressed displeasure over coming off the bench, permission Saturday for an indefinite leave to deal with a personal matter. The Commercial Appeal newspaper reported Iverson is contemplating retirement.

"I expect him to come back," Heisley told the paper. "If he does retire, I'll be tremendously disappointed. I feel bad because I don't think that's the way he should go out."

In three games since returning from a hamstring injury, he's averaging 12.3 points, 3.7 assists and 22.3 minutes.

•The Cavaliers' LeBron James clarified a remark he made last week that a maximum contract next summer isn't that important. "Let's get this clear: I said the max contract doesn't mean more than winning," James said. "I didn't say, 'I don't need a max contract' or 'I'm not going to get a max contract.' All I'm saying is that winning is more important to me than money at the end of the day." Before a game in New York last week, James said "a max deal" didn't really matter to him. That led to speculation that James, who can opt out of his contract with the Cavaliers after this season, would play somewhere for less than the league maximum.

•Spurs star Tim Duncan has a swollen left ankle, but an MRI revealed no structural damage. He sat out Monday's game.

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