1) Should the Raptors sign Allen Iverson?
When I saw an article on Yahoo mention that Iverson was interested in making a return to the NBA, my initial reaction was "Is the NBA interested in Allen Iverson?". As a Raptors fan who is clinging on to the idea that losing now will help us win later, signing Iverson is in complete contrast to what this team is trying to do. Iverson's history shows that he is a volume scorer who needs the ball in his hands and will not accept a role as a secondary bench player. At age 36, his athleticism is only declining and his perimeter shooting (the Achilles heel of the 2010-11 version of our Raps) has never been anything above average. So why even contemplate signing Iverson? One word: swagger.
Since the departure of Half Man/Half Injured and to a lesser extent, the Half man in Two and a Half men, the Raptors have lacked toughness, confidence (arrogance?) and attitude. While I'm not suggesting that a strategy akin to the Jail Blazers of the early 2000s is conducive to winning, a large number of our losses from the past couple of years have been lackluster affairs where the team looked like they just didn't care. Iverson is probably not going to stop that, but if he were to bring that fighting attitude to this team, it could go a long way in lighting a fire under young guys like Ed Davis and DeRozan. Having a mentor who was at one time the most lethal scorer in the game while doing it all under 6'0 could inspire our young guys to maximize their talents. And even at age 36, he would probably still be the most capable shot creator the Raptors would have. That's the best case scenario. Worse case scenario, he hogs the ball, disrupts team chemistry, fights with coaches and ultimately stunts the growth of our young guys.
2) Will the Raptors sign Iverson?
The Raptors don't need Iverson for marketing purposes. The Raptors don't really need him on the court (we aren't going to win anytime soon). So would the Raptors ever consider signing Iverson? We all know Ed Stefanski, newly minted GM of the Raptors, was directly involved in bringing Iverson back for Round 2 in Philadelphia. On a team with young guards in Lou Williams and Jrue Holiday, Stefanski brought in Iverson to start anyways, showing that he isn't afraid of taking PT away from younger player. The obvious difference between the situations is that he also brought in Elton Brand and signed Iggy to long term deals, so he may have thought that Iverson could help them get over the hump (which it did not). Is it possible that Stefanski would do it again? Given his penchant for bringing in veterans to build a playoff contender (but nothing beyond that), I think there is a realistic possibility here though likely below 25%.