76ers' Jordan hasn't talked to Iverson

Updated: November 30, 2009, 10:04 AM ET
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SAN ANTONIO -- Philadelphia 76ers coach Eddie Jordan says no one has talked to him about bringing back Allen Iverson.

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Jordan downplayed reports Sunday of Iverson possibly returning to the city where he became an NBA superstar, saying he hasn't spoken to the recently retired guard and added that the Sixers are not seriously looking at any free agents.

"It's something that's probably more in the media than it actually is," Jordan said. "We're just going about our daily operation of practicing and trying to win a game. But certainly I have not talked to anybody about Allen Iverson."

The 76ers have weighed the merits of signing Iverson, but team sources told ESPN.com on Saturday that Iverson's return is not a certainty and that no face-to-face meetings between Iverson and anyone from the franchise have been scheduled.

When Iverson announced his plans to retire earlier this week, his statement hardly sounded like his mind was made up. Saying there is "a whole lot left in my tank," Iverson said he felt strongly he could still compete "at the highest level."

Jordan spoke after shootaround Sunday morning in San Antonio, where the Sixers arrived with a five-game losing streak and point guard Lou Williams expected to be out eight weeks after jaw surgery.

But Jordan said he doesn't think the Sixers need to sign anyone.

He said Philadelphia's biggest problem isn't the backcourt but Elton Brand, who has missed consecutive games with a sore right hamstring. The Sixers entered Sunday's game at 5-11, tied for the third-worst record in the Eastern Conference.

"We have not talked about adding anybody to our team because we still have a good roster," Jordan said. "We have depth, we have flexibility. Elton's coming back, and we have guards."

Rookie Jrue Holiday has started at point guard since Williams went out, and has played nearly as many minutes the past two games as his first 10. Jordan says Holiday, who the Sixers took with the 17th pick in the draft, has shown plenty of promise.

Brand said players have talked about Iverson, and that he would welcome him to the team.

"We have some young talent, but we need wins," Brand said. "If we were winning, we could kind of test it. But we kind of need to right the ship now, we feel, just for the fans and our own psyche. That may be the issue here."

Iverson has made it clear he won't come off the bench. He would start over Holiday for now, but it's not clear where Iverson would fit in once Williams returns.

Iverson is a 10-time All-Star and was the NBA MVP in 2001, when he led the Sixers to the NBA Finals. Philadelphia traded him to Denver in 2006 and he played for the Nuggets until early last season, when he was traded to Detroit.

Iverson signed with Memphis this season but played only three games before taking a leave of absence to attend to personal matters. He was waived after the two sides agreed to part ways.

Andre Iguodala, the Sixers' leading scorer, said his focus is more on getting Philadelphia winning again than Iverson possibly coming aboard.

"He's definitely one of those guys who has proven to be a great scorer in this league and a hard worker," Iguodala said. "We would welcome anyone who came into our situation, whether it would be him or any other guy."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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