By Kimie Bunyasaranand
January 29, 2013

Allen Iverson has turned down an offer from the Mavs' D-League affiliate, the Texas Legends, reports ESPN Dallas. Iverson made the announcement via Twitter. The Legends had been pursuing Iverson all season and used their history of helping former NBA players make comebacks to try to convince him.

The Legends, now in their third season, have employed 16 former NBA first-round picks since the team's inception and previously helped big men Sean Williams and Dan Gadzuric, swingman Chris Douglas-Roberts and veteran guard Antonio Daniels make it back to the NBA.

The Legends, who are co-owned by the Mavs' president of basketball operations, Donnie Nelson, recently signed NBA veterans Delonte West and Rashad McCants.

Iverson, 37, last played in the NBA in 2009-10; he also declined deals in China. The Legends signed another former NBA 37-year-old, Mike James, earlier this month which eventually led to a 10-day call-up to the Mavs and then a guaranteed contract. Thus far, Iverson has been unwilling to consider playing anywhere but the NBA.

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