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Report: Sixers will look to trade Andre Iguodala

Posted on: May 8, 2011 12:37 pm
Edited on: May 8, 2011 12:40 pm
The Philadelphia 76ers will reportedly shop forward Andre Iguodala this summer. Posted by Ben Golliver. andre-iguodala

It feels like forever ago, but back in the early winter the Philadelphia 76ers looked headed for another trip to the NBA Draft Lottery. Evan Turner was a non-factor, Andre Iguodala looked a like very expensive piece for such an unsuccessful team and Jrue Holiday hadn't yet blossomed into a potential star.

Then, Philly went on a strong second-half run, finishing as the Eastern Conference's No. 6 seed and making the Miami Heat work before bowing out of the playoffs. That success has given Philadelphia an identity built around a young core featuring Holiday, Turner, Thaddeus Young and others. A promising future seems to be in store.

Only one problem: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Iguodala is lukewarm on sticking with the club.
An answer to a straightforward question is simple, but Iguodala's answer to the question, "Do you want to play for the 76ers next year?" was anything but. 
Here was his first attempt: "I expect to be back in the NBA," Iguodala said after the team's season-ending loss to the Miami Heat in the NBA playoffs. "It's always been a dream of mine to play ball. This has been a great ride so far, not just with the Sixers, just playing basketball in general. I'm really looking forward to getting some rest this summer, just letting my body recuperate and get back to 100 percent, and I'm really looking forward to next year being my best year in the league."
Meanwhile, the Inquirer reports that the team is considering shopping him this summer.
Iguodala has not asked Sixers management for a trade, but the team will be looking to trade him this summer. 
Here's the breakdown of how NBA general managers feel about the remaining $56 million on Iguodala's contract. Approximately half of the GMs believe he's paid appropriately, perhaps slightly overpaid but nothing that would prevent them from making a deal. And half believe he's overpaid and wouldn't trade value for him.
Iguodala, mostly because of his contract, was the subject of a bunch of pre-deadline trade talk. Hanging on to him as the team's fortunes increased this season made sense, but he's on the books for $13.5 million next season with two additional, escalating years after that. 

Iguodala's reluctance to commit publicly to Philly likely stems from a perception that the team has a ceiling as currently constructed. Surely he is ready to play for a true contender at this point in his career and the Sixers aren't yet that and don't figure to get there in the immediate short-term.

For the Sixers, Iguodala represents roughly a quarter of their salary cap figure for next season and he missed 15 games last year with an assortment of injuries this season. It makes all the sense in the world to shop him, especially if it involves getting a slightly younger wing talent or a proven big man. 

Still, finding a deal is no guarantee. Given Iguodala's status as a second-tier star, the size and length of his contract, and his injuries, he's more difficult to move than you might think at first.

Since: May 9, 2011
Posted on: May 10, 2011 8:53 pm

Report: Sixers will look to trade Andre Iguodala

Also, the draft isn't that great this year.  The Jazz have Harris at the point and it looks like that is the only thing that will be available at the 6th pick will be Kemba Walker or a project big man. 

The Jazz need a wing bad enought it would be worth giving up the pick to get an athletic wing scorer. 

The Jazz also have the Warriors protected first round pick (up to 7)  The Jazz could save that pick to find a top talent in the draft.  (should be a better class than this year)

Since: May 9, 2011
Posted on: May 10, 2011 8:47 pm

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Gordan Hayward is ready to be a player today.  He did a great job starting for the Jazz after the wheels came off for the season.  It did take him some time to get adjusted to the NBA.  The thing that people don't realize is how affecting he was when he was in the lineup for more than a couple mins at a time.  He passes the ball well, shoots better than average, and is long enough to be a pest on D.  At 6'9 he can start at the 2 and cause matchup issues.  He can also play the 3.

At the start of the season Jefferson had a hard time passing out of the double team.  I think he made a huge adjustment toward the end of the season.  He will be better next season.  I think is was just used to being the only option.


Since: Sep 14, 2010
Posted on: May 10, 2011 1:38 pm

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please go to the spurs i'm tired of richard jefferson he has got to be the biggest free agent bust yet so i'd trade jefferson blair and hill for iggy but please for the love of god can we just get rid of jefferson.

Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: May 10, 2011 9:22 am

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Good idea bluepart. I could see that Utah deal happening. Jefferson is a solid to star player playing a key position. I just don't see why his teams never seem to win with him as a centerpiece.

Not sure if Utah would be willing to give up their pick though. They should have some nice cap room now that AK is off the books. Heyward starting already? You think he's ready?

Correction to my previous post. Cleveland via LA Clippers (who have 2 point guards btw, and gordon who can also play the position).

Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: May 10, 2011 9:16 am

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Losing Cousins is debatable. He's arguably the best player on their team, their last lottery pick, and a man that can play the middle.

My main argument is that you don't think Sacramento can even get Irving, which is completely false. First off, it's a lottery, so even the team with the 13th best record can get him, but not likely.

Of the bottom teams, who needs a point guard?

Washington - John Wall
Cleveland - Baron Davis (Big Money, Big Years Left), Ramon Sessions (who actually did an excellent job last year)
Minnesota - Jonny Flynn, Ricky Rubio (who they insist they haven't given up on)
Toronto - Calderon (Who is actually a pretty solid player, but I admit this is a possibility)
Sacramento - You've seen my reasons
Cleveland (via NJ) - NJ Wouldn't need a point guard either. I could see Cleveland taking them with their 2nd pick if he slips that far though.

Cousins value is too low right now with the character issues, but come on, he's like 19 years old. If a big name player came to Sac with all these young pieces, the city would make a great case to stay, and they HAVE to make that case next year.

Since: May 9, 2011
Posted on: May 9, 2011 2:58 pm

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Sixers need to make a deal with the Utah Jazz.  Send Iguodala to the Jazz for Al Jefferson and the number 6 draft pick.  Brand and Jefferson could be a great front line.  

The Jazz could start Derrik Favors and Milsap at the front line.


PG: Harris
SG: Igoudala
SF:  Heyward
PF:  Milsap
C:  Favors


Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: May 9, 2011 10:37 am

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as for sac.  Casspi wants out, so he's trade bait.  They dont need kyrie Irving and they wont be able to get him anyway.....since they wont draft until four or five.  The truth is a point guard really isnt what the Kings need. What they need is a decent coach and to lose head cases like Cousins. The Westphal era has made poor drafting a tradition.  They need a legit center and more talent in the low post. And they could use a point .....Johnny Flynn is available, who struggled in Minny, but thats because of rambis and his idiotic offense.  A pick and roll style and Flynn could be quite good.  But really, Iguodala isnt the answer. More I think on it, the less I see of who would want him.  This is an interesting draft coming up.....very few blue chip guys, but a LOT of interesting talent to be used intelligently........Knight, Biyambo, Jeremy Tyler, Kanter, Vesely, and Singleton......all the way to Jenkins, Nolan Smith, Reggie Jackson and Jimmy Bulter.....or even Travis Leslie and Brad Wannamaker. This is a fascinating draft......for a smart organization that is.

Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: May 9, 2011 10:29 am

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No, the Lakers are NOT ok. Bynum is not OK. Its not panic when you are swept out of the playoffs in the second round. The way LA played and the lack of class shown by Bynum (and odem and jackson) you can figure that Bynum wont be back.  But LA has no need of Iguodala. I dont know who will. He isnt a takeover the game kind of guy. He's a solid versitile offensive player but with limitations. Id say he is over-priced for what he gives a team, but not wildly, but the point is that Im not sure better players cant be had for less. Sixers may have a very hard time moving him.

Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: May 9, 2011 8:59 am

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In response to the Bynum trade, that is ridiculous. This is a major panic off one bad series, and a terrible loss.

The Lakers are fine as is. Their problem was with Bynum getting injured all the time, Gasol had to play max minutes at C and get banged around all season. After the All Star break the Lakers were damn near unbeatable at one point.

The Lakers simply need to get a quality PG. Fisher is too old to be a starter, and they made a HUGE mistake in signing Blake to that big contract. Kobe isn't going to be around forever though, so if they can manage a trade for Dwight Howard with any ONE of Bynum, Gasol, or Odom, you take it.

It's a shame Orlando already took on Arenas' bad contract. They would have no room for Blake.

P.S. Clippers are loaded at Guard. They would never do it. They need help at C and PF only.

Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: May 9, 2011 8:52 am

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My bad, I meant move Tyreke Evans to his natural SG position. A Big 3 of Irving, Evans, and Cousins with time could rival that of Westbrook, Durant, Harden and Holiday, Turner, and Brand.  

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