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Stefanski: No decision after meeting

The 76ers met with free agent guard Allen Iverson today in Dallas.

Stefanski: No decision after meeting

Iverson spent the first 10 seasons-plus of his career with the Sixers before being traded to Denver in December, 2006. ( Jerry Lodriguss / File Photo )
Iverson spent the first 10 seasons-plus of his career with the Sixers before being traded to Denver in December, 2006. ( Jerry Lodriguss / File Photo )

UPDATED 2: Comcast-Spectacor has sent a statement from Ed Snider in which he throws his support behind Ed Stefanski. As we reported in today's Daily News, Snider was presented with the idea of re-signing Iverson on Saturday and said he would allow Stefanski and his basketball people to make the decision.

"While nothing has been decided, Ed Stefanski is the President and General Manager of the Philadelphia 76ers and I support him and his basketball decisions," Snider said in the statement.

 

UPDATED: The Sixers just released this statement from Ed Stefanski:

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"This afternoon, we met with free agent Allen Iverson in Dallas for the first formal discussion regarding a possible return to the Philadelphia 76ers. The meeting lasted approximately two hours and covered a variety of topics, all of which we would prefer to keep between the team and Allen.

The meeting was attended by Allen, his agent Leon Rose and his personal manager Gary Moore, along with 76ers Senior Vice President/Assistant General Manager Tony DiLeo, Head Coach Eddie Jordan, Assistant Coach Aaron McKie and me.

At this time, both parties remain non-committal regarding a final decision and we will continue to discuss internally whether or not to pursue this course.

We want to thank Allen, Leon and Gary for taking the time to meet with us today.

The Sixers will have no further comment at this time and further updates will be provided as they become available."

From earlier:

Eddie Jordan said Sunday that he wasn't ''over-saturated'' with talk about Allen Iverson and Iverson's possible return to the 76ers.

But the Sixers' coach might be at least somewhat saturated now, after he and president/general manager Ed Stefanski met this afternoon with Iverson for two hours somewhere in Dallas, according to two sources.

There isn't yet any word on how the meeting played out, or whether any decision has been reached, but the team has not announced that he is rejoining the team.

The Sixers play tonight in Dallas, trying to shake a six-game losing streak.

Among other things, they apparently feel they need an additional experienced guard in the absence of Lou Williams, who is out for two months with a broken jaw bone. They have been considering various options, but Iverson is, by far, the most talented and the most dramatic.

 Iverson spent the first 10 seasons-plus of his career with the Sixers before being traded to Denver in December, 2006. He has since played for the Nuggets, the Detroit Pistons and the Memphis Grizzlies.

Iverson, 34, appeared in three games with the Grizzlies this season before reaching a contract settlement that allowed him to become a free agent.

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Bob Cooney has been at the Daily News for more than 20 years, working in the sports department for the past 15. This is his third season on the Sixers beat. He has covered just about everything, but mostly college basketball, where he was the La Salle beat writer for six seasons. E-mail Bob at cooneyb@phillynews.com and follow him on Twitter.

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