Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Billy King responds to Denver Post writer

A publication about Iverson just made him mad. Billy King said there was no truth to a column this week in the Denver Post that said the Sixers' upper management had vetoed a proposed trade of Allen Iverson to the Denver Nuggets.

In fact, that column expressed two of the principals in trade talks between the Sixers and Nuggets were Iverson and Denver forward Kenyon Martin.

We must remember that columnist Thomas George wrote Tuesday: ''The Nuggets have already offered Martin to the Sixers as part of a package to secure Iverson (the Philadelphia coaching staff said yes, but their chairman, Ed Snider, said no, concerned about Martin's previously bum left knee).''

And then King briefly commented on the column Wednesday night: "It's a bogus article, and I vehemently deny that there was ever any truth to that article".

An unofficial source agreed with King, saying that the Sixers never had considered Martin, who has five years and more than $70 million remaining on his contract.

As we all know, at the beginning of the month, it was assumed that Iverson would be traded, but now the feeling persists that the Sixers might not deal their seven-time all-star guard.

King refused to comment on this speculation, but earlier this week, coach Maurice Cheeks announced that he is preparing as if Iverson will be back.

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