Can a single-paddle fist be retrained to do iambic?
No. A single lever will not do iambic keying.
Everyone has a personal preference with keys. Everyone likes something different. You can own several before settling on one you really like. You can spend a LOT or a more reasonable amount for a decent key.
In my opinion, a single lever key is a good way to go. I make less mistakes with a single lever key than an iambic key.
I agree that there is not that much to gain with an iambic key. Many people use an iambic key more like a single lever key, I usually do.
I have my share of keys, Vibroplex Iambic deluxe, an iambic touch key, an iambic Hamco Scotia (Brass Racer), an Autronic single lever, and a couple others. They all have different characteristics. My favorites are the Hamco Scotia I have had for many years and the Autronic single lever is quickly gaining on it.