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Garnett says bring Iverson to Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS -- The notion of a trade for Philadelphia guard Allen Iverson played well in the Minnesota Timberwolves' locker room before and after their NBA game Friday night against Utah.

MINNEAPOLIS -- The notion of a trade for Philadelphia guard Allen Iverson played well in the Minnesota Timberwolves' locker room before and after their NBA game Friday night against Utah.

Wolves forward Kevin Garnett was sitting next to his locker after the game when he was told of the latest Iverson developments.

"Where's Kevin at?" he said, feigning a sudden move out of his chair to search for Timberwolves vice president of basketball operations Kevin McHale.

His actions, suggesting he was ready to make a deal, were in jest. His words were not.

"Shoot, bring it on," he said about the possibility of Iverson playing for the Timberwolves. "I love 'The Answer.' Come on, boy. There's not anybody in here who would not want to play with him."

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Earlier in the day, Garnett said, "He's not only a personal friend, but he's a warrior and a soldier that I've always looked up to since he came into the league."

Garnett entered the NBA in 1995 directly out of high school. Iverson arrived the next season after two years at Georgetown.

"I've been in the league longer than him, but we're like brothers," Garnett said. "He's like my big brother."

Veteran guard Mike James, who has been traded twice and signed and waived almost too many times to count, welcomed the possibility as well, even though he knows he, along with rookie Randy Foye, likely could be part of any deal the Wolves might strike.

"What he's capable of doing with the basketball in his hands, man," James said. "If he comes, I don't know who Philly is going to get, but Philly's going to get a lot. If I'm playing in Philadelphia, well, business is never personal."

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