- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 13, 2006

2:17 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The nameplate is gone. The locker is cleaned out. Video highlights have been edited, and those No. 3 jerseys soon will hang on the discount rack.

Yet, Allen Iverson began another day with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Unable to swing the right deal for the seven-time All-Star, team President Billy King appeared in no hurry today to rush a trade. Though it seemed likely Iverson would be gone by now after Chairman Ed Snider said last week the team was seeking to trade him, the search went on for a new home for the point guard and his 31.2 points per game.

Iverson is expected to be inactive again for Philadelphia’s game tonight against Boston, his fourth straight game on the list.

The Sixers have grown weary of the daily Iverson interrogations, getting quizzed about Iverson’s status. Everyone wants to know what’s up. Coach Maurice Cheeks said after this morning’s shoot-around that he knew nothing about a possible trade.

“People call and ask about this and about that, but there’s nothing going on,” Cheeks said. “They just know we haven’t been winning games, and they know other things are going on.”

The Sixers aren’t the only ones dealing with the swirling speculation. Almost every team has been linked in some sort of trade rumor, most of them unfounded, though some appear to be dropping out of contention faster than the Sixers in the Eastern Conference.

Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof both said yesterday that the club wasn’t interested, apparently removing Sacramento from the mix. Charlotte could be involved in a possible multiteam trade, though it’s unlikely the Bobcats will end up with Iverson. Even some in Minnesota suddenly seem cautious about taking on “the Answer.”

“As things are going well, people are apprehensive to change what got us there,” Timberwolves assistant coach Rex Kalamian said.

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