There was quiet progress on this front until quite recently, and Iverson was even set to fly to Los Angeles to speak with team officials, two sources told ESPN.com. But the Clippers then were presented with the opportunity to acquire Rasual Butler from New Orleans for next to nothing: They jumped on it, and Iverson never got on that airplane. A potential signing here was never a certainty, though, for chemistry reasons. Foremost among the Clippers' concerns was whether Iverson would accept and embrace a role coming off the bench, and whether his presence would hinder the development of their starting 2-guard, Eric Gordon.NBA free agency: Is Allen Iverson close to landing a deal? - ESPN This is the Clippers section of Chris Sheridan's ESPN.com overview of Allen Iverson's current prospects. I'm not sure I buy the assertion that Iverson was still under serious consideration up to the Butler trade.