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Allen Iverson turns down D-League

Allen Iverson with the game ball before tipoff of Game 6 between his former team, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Boston Celtics last spring. (Matt Slocum / AP)

As badly as he’d like another shot at playing in the NBA, Allen Iverson will not try to make his comeback by playing in the NBA Development League.

He announced on Twitter that he was turning down an offer from the Dallas Mavericks’ D-League team, which is co-owned by Mavericks president Donnie Nelson. “I thank Donnie and Dallas for the consideration,” Iverson said today via Twitter, “and while I think the D-League is a great opportunity, it is not the route for me.”

Then he added, via Twitter:

“I realize my actions contributed to my early departure from the NBA, should God provide me another opportunity I will give it my all. … My dream has always been to complete my legacy in the NBA.”

“To my fans, I love yall! Not a day goes by that I am not asked when am I coming back, we all must accept that my return is not up to just me.”

Iverson, a 37-year-old 11-time All-Star, has not played in the NBA since the 2009-10 season and has turned down chances to play in China, as he hopes to join an NBA team.

It would have been interesting to see Iverson on the Legends, who will have Delonte West and Rashad McCants on the roster.

ESPN first reported that the Legends were pursuing Iverson.

Follow @CindyBoren on Twitter and on Facebook.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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