Marc Weinreich
Wednesday September 5th, 2012

Iverson said the Chinese Basketball Association is a backup option if he doesn't get an NBA offer. (Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Former NBA all-star Allen Iverson revealed in September that he has an offer from a team in the Chinese Basketball Association but that the club will have to show him "that they really mean it" if they hope to land the former NBA MVP.

According to a report from CBSSports.com, citing Chinese website Netease with translation from HoopsHype.com, Iverson said he considers the CBA a backup option if NBA teams don't show interest:

"I definitely want to return to the NBA, but if I can't get back there, I'm hoping to play ball here (China).”

With regards to his team of choice, Iverson chose to reply obliquely, saying: “I'm not leaning towards any one team, and there's no ‘first choice' like what the others say.” However, Iverson points to the CBA as one of his backup options. “China is still one of my choices, but the team that wants me to join has got to show me that they really mean it, like ‘hey we really need you'.”

If Iverson does go abroad, it wouldn't be his first time; in 2010, he signed a two year deal worth $4 million with Turkish club Besiktas but his time in Turkey was cut short because of injury. He also wouldn't be the first NBA star to play in China. Stephon Marbury led the Beijing Ducks to a league title last season.

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