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Allen Iverson Hysteria Grips Boston!

That might be overstating things a bit. But get this: a little more than an hour ago, CelticsBlog posted a rumor that the Red Sox game had been interrupted with news that a trade of Iveron to the Celtics was close. A few minutes later, I tried to read the whole story at CelticsBlog, and got a message from the host saying the server had exceeded ceratin limits.

What do we really know about this?

Here's what Phil Jasner reports in the Philadelphia Daily News:

A source within the league said the Sixers have spoken to the Boston Celtics, checking to see whether the Celtics have interest in Allen Iverson.

That would fit the profile of Sixers president/general manager Billy King's statements about "trying hard" to make a trade; there were no details available, nor does it seem likely that anything will come of it.

Shira Springer in the Boston Globe says essentially the same thing:

A recent conversation between the Celtics and 76ers concerned a possible trade involving Allen Iverson, according to a league source. Trade talk between teams usually increases as the draft approaches. For now, it appears the conversation was just one of many commonly held by teams at this time of year. The same source said no deal was on the table, or even close to being considered. Per standing policy, Celtics executive director of basketball operations Danny Ainge declined to comment on rumors.

If I find out anything else, you'll be the first to know.

UPDATE: CelticsBlog is back up, pouring water on trade rumors.