Tag:Andre Iguodala
Posted on: June 7, 2011 12:39 am
Edited on: June 7, 2011 12:50 am
 

Trade rumor: Andre Iguodala for Monta Ellis?

The Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers are reportedly discussing a trade involving Monta Ellis and Andre Iguodala. Posted by Ben Golliver. andre-iguodala

Two almost All-Stars reportedly find themselves in the middle of cross-conference trade talks.

ESPN.com reports that the Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers are in early discussions about swapping guard Monta Ellis and forward Andre Iguodala.
The Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers have discussed a trade that would send the Warriors' leading scorer, Monta Ellis, to the 76ers for Andre Iguodala, according to league sources, including one with direct knowledge of Golden State's thinking.

One source stressed that completion of the deal is not imminent but that it has merits for both sides.
Ellis, 25, is on the books for each of the next three seasons at $11 million per year.

Iguodala, 27, is owed considerably more money: $13.5 million in 2011-2012, $14.7 million in 2012-2013 and $15.9 million in 2013-2014. 

Their current salary numbers mean that the two players could be traded straight up, if necessary, but other pieces could always be involved.

For all of his efforts to improve and do more, Ellis is pretty much still a one-dimensional scorer. There's no question that he can fill it up, though, as he was No. 8 in the NBA in scoring last season, putting up 24.1 points per game.

Iguodala is best known for his defense and all-around versatility but he can score and finish, too. Last season, he averaged 14.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and a career-high 6.3 assists, helping lead the 76ers back to the playoffs. He dealt with nagging injury issues for a good chunk of the season, missing 15 games.

Swapping players straight-up would be a home run for Golden State. The Warriors desperately need quality defenders, size on the wing and a resolution to the franchise's two most critical problems: Ellis and Stephen Curry both need the ball in their hands and both guards also lack the size and tools to defend a good chunk of NBA guards.

For Philadelphia, the logic is a bit muddled. Iguodala and Evan Turner, the No. 2 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, are a bit redundant, and Turner will continue to require more touches and shots as his career progresses. Adding Ellis in Iguodala's place certainly doesn't solve that problem. There's also the issue of position. Is Turner a 2 or a 3? If he's a 2, then there's no way that a pairing with Ellis would work, as Ellis is also a 2. If he's a 3, then Philadelphia is setting itself up for a serious downgrade when it comes to perimeter physicality.

Golden State has proven that it's willing to spend money, so taking on the extra money owed to Iguodala isn't that big of an issue. In the new owners' eyes, that investment would pay for itself if he teams with Curry and David Lee to help the Warriors reach the postseason for the first time since 2006-2007.

For the 76ers, getting out of Iguodala's contract is going to have to happen at some point. With young talent like Turner, Jrue Holiday and Thaddeus Young in the pipeline, they'll be cutting some big checks in the relatively near future. They're not in panic cost-cutting mode yet though. They can continue to proceed deliberately.

While receiving Ellis in return for Iguodala is good value on paper, it makes far less sense given the 76ers' roster construction. Golden State likely needs to sweeten this one, or it will fizzle.
Posted on: June 6, 2011 12:13 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2011 12:28 pm
 

NBA players play the newlywed game on Kimmel

Posted by Royce Young



How well do you know your teammate? A simple question, but when put in the format of the Jimmy Kimmel show, good results are sure to follow.

Kimmel asked Evan Turner, Andre Iguodala, Greg Oden and LaMarcus Aldridge "newlywed game" type of questions. For instance, did you know Turner plays with his belly button during practice? Or that Oden's favorite thing about a woman is "that she's a woman." Deep, Greg.

(I think my favorite thing about this is Oden's face as he downs that ice cream sundae. Hilarious.)

Via Blazers Edge
Posted on: May 23, 2011 2:48 pm
 

Sixers looking to add big man in draft

Sixers have tageted bigs in 2011 NBA draft.

Posted by Matt Moore

The Sixers made the playoffs this season, which was a big step forward. They didn't even really need the No.2 overall pick Evan Turner, but Turner showed some potential in the Sixers' one-and-out playoff stay. But with Elton Brand unlikely to keep up his career recovery, flashback performance, the Sixers are looking to the future. They know they need a go-to scorer, and Andre Iguodala isn't it. But first and foremost, the Sixers need a big man. And the Philadelphia Daily News notes that's exactly what they're looking for in the draft. 

 
Unless there is a move before the draft, such as Andre Iguodala being dealt and a good big man being acquired in exchange, a source close to the team said they will not be looking at anyone "under 6-8. We need a big."

That is the first priority for coach Doug Collins, president Rod Thorn and general manager Ed Stefanski. After that, other pieces will need to be upgraded and filled, most notably by someone who can score at a consistent level in the NBA.

But before that, a big seems to be tops on the agenda.
via Some players who could make a difference for Sixers | Philadelphia Daily News | 05/23/2011.

There will be options for the Sixers at 16, as the Daily News notes, Kenneth Faried being possibly the best target. But his lack of size is problematic. The other option is Keith Benson, whose measurement numbers were freakish. There has been talk that the Sixers could move up, using Iguodala as bait. But Iguodala is a complimentary player, and no team at the top of the draft is looking to add a complementary player. They'll draft the best big available. Only question is who that will be. 

CBSSports.com's Mock Drafts 4.0 go up Tuesday. 
Posted on: May 9, 2011 2:37 pm
 

NBA All-Defense teams announced

Posted by Royce Young

The NBA announced its All-Defense teams with Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard leading the way. The first team consisted of Howard, Kevin Garnett, LeBron James, Rajon Rondo and Kobe Bryant.

The second team is Joakim Noah, Tony Allen, Chris Paul, Andre Iguodala and Tyson Chandler.

Now two things right off the bat: Kobe is on the first team? Just another example of the odd affinity some media voters have for No. 24. He picked up an odd number of MVP votes (included a first-place vote) and was voted to the NBA's All-Defense first team. Kobe is a good defender, but this isn't 2006. He isn't near the stopper he once was.

The second is that Dwyane Wade wasn't even on the second team. Wade is known as maybe the best on-ball defender in the entire league and not only did Kobe get his first team spot, but Wade was relegated to honorable mention. That's just... messed up.

If you're curious, NBA coaches vote on the All-NBA teams. Which makes you wonder if they didn't pay attention, voted on hype/reputation or were just lazy. Probably a little of all the above.

One thing I'll ask: Is the second team actually better than the first? Allen and Iguodala are two unbelievable wing defenders. Chandler had an amazingly underrated defensive year. Chris Paul is one of the craftiest, most pesky defenders in the league and well, I guess you could say the same of Noah. The first team has Howard who is the league's best defensive presence, but I'd say Paul is better than Rondo, Noah comparable to Garnett, Allen better than Bryant and Iguodala on the same level as LeBron. Interesting thought.

Some other notes:
  • Derrick Rose picked up four first team votes and had the most votes of all the honorable mention guys. That means he had more votes than Wade, Luol Deng and Gerald Wallace. That is just, well, stupid.
  • Despite only playing 23 games, Kendrick Perkins somehow picked up a few votes.
  • Grant Hill received four first-team votes and while I wouldn't necessarily argue he should replace someone on the first or second team, Hill had a tremendous defensive season at 38 years old. Kevin Durant said that Hill guarded him as well as anyone else this year.
  • One of the league's most reknowned defenders, Ron Artest picked up only one first-team vote.
  • The league's leading total shot blocker, Serge Ibaka, received one first-team vote.
Posted on: May 8, 2011 12:37 pm
Edited on: May 8, 2011 12:40 pm
 

Report: Sixers will look to trade Andre Iguodala

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.
Posted on: April 28, 2011 12:14 am
Edited on: April 28, 2011 1:04 am
 

Heat-Sixers Series Recap: Heat a step above

Chris Bosh leads the way (?!) as the Heat close out the Sixers and advance to meet their destiny versus the nemesis, the Boston Celtics
Posted by Matt Moore




It wasn't pretty, it wasn't perfect, it was closer than it should have been. But the Heat have closed out the Sixers, and advance to the second round. The clutch hero was naturally... Joel Anthony?! Moving on, here's how this series wrapped up. 

Series MVP: Chris Bosh. Who would have thought the most-criticized of the Triad would step up like this? 19.8 points per game for Bosh, and he finally showed the kind of aggression you would have hoped to have seen more of this season. Bosh found Elton Brand at the elbow, and Brand was too old to match him in speed, and not big enough to match his length. Bosh was consistently aggressive, and it paid off. The Sixers were supposed to have a better set at the 4-5 matchup, and instead, Bosh, alongside Joel Anthony, turned it. Like a Bosh.

It was over when: Game 2 when the Heat blew them out. The Sixers had shown life in Game 1, but Game 2 really showed that the talent differential was too great. The seeds of doubt were cast then. The Heat made the statement and it held through for a five-game win. 

Goat of the Series: Andre Iguodala. Iguodala had his best game of the series in Game 5, but also shot 32 percent in the other four games. And on the key possession for the Sixers late in the game, after nailing huge shot after huge shot, Iguodala missed a pull-up jumper. The Sixers needed Iggy to take it to another level in this series, which was obviously a tough matchup. That's the playoffs, though, and he couldn't get it done. Iguodala will be a superb 2nd to 3rd best player on possibly a championship team. But as "the guy" he's just not a good fit. 

Going forward, the Sixers should: Feel good about the progress they've made. Their first year under Doug Collins they made a miraculous turnaround, made the playoffs, won a game, and developed some good young talent. It may be time to cash in Iguodala as a building block and move towards Evan Turner. Especially after Turner's performance in the playoffs, dealing Iguodala makes sense, and would net them a huge array of talent. Jrue Holiday looks legit, as does Lou Williams, and Turner. With Brand getting back to decent performance, even at his age, a better starting center would set their future up nicely. They still need a star player, but sometimes the search for those takes time. 

Going forward, the Heat should: Be grateful they didn't blow this one. Pushing this to a Game 6 in Philadelphia would have sent up "Oh My God, the Heat are choking again!" panic attacks. They now get time to prepare for Game 1 against Boston on Sunday. And they're going to need it. The Heat had so much momentum going into Game 4 and lost some of it. Even Game 5 felt like more of an exhalation than a victory roar. The Heat took care of business. Now the real playoffs begin for them. 

Winners: Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Joel Anthony, Mario Chalmers, Doug Collins, Jrue Holiday, Elton Brand, Thaddeus Young

Losers: LeBron James, Andre Iguodala, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Spencer Hawes, Mike Bibby

Posted on: April 24, 2011 5:48 pm
Edited on: April 24, 2011 6:09 pm
 

NBA Playoffs Sixers-Heat: Die another day

The Sixers stave off elimination and the Heat choke away another game. Does either mean anything in the long run?
Posted by Matt Moore




First, it was certain the Sixers were going to save themselves some pride. Then, it was certain the Sixers were going to blow it again. And in the end, the world gets to celebrate another blown Heat lead, a blocked LeBron shot, and the Sixers live to die another day

The Heat ran off a 22-2 run in the second quarter and lost. The Sixers shot 41 percent and won. And the leading scorer for Philadelphia was Evan Turner, who didn't even play in the first two games of this series. Meanwhile, the Heat's offense wilted and died in the face of a much improved Philadelphia defense. Elton Brand played physical for the first time in this series, and the result was a 5-12 performance from Chris Bosh, who had averaged just under 22 points through the first three games. 

There's two ways to look at this game. 

On the one hand: This series is still over, right? The Heat have a significant lead down the stretch, and it takes a Lou Williams 3-pointer (granted, he's shooting 60 percent from the arc in this series, but still) to stave off elimination at home. The Heat ran off a 22-2 run and had they started with any level of consistency or effort, this would have been a blowout. Sweeping teams in the NBA is remarkably difficult (if you're not the Celtics, apparently), and the Heat giving up a game isn't the end of the world. They've been in control for 13 of the 16 quarters in this series, the chances of the Sixers climbing back in are extremely low. The talent gap is just too great. 

On the other hand: Isn't this how it starts? The Heat fail to close out a bad team in an elimination game. Spirits get down, emotions drop. Then the Sixers use the momentum to steal one in Miami, where the Heat don't have a great homecourt advantage with an apathetic crowd. All of a sudden, it's a 3-2 game going back to Philadelphia, and the Heat are questioning themselves. This sounds like science fiction. But it's what we've come to expect. Until the Heat prove they can commit to closing out a team with force, there will be doubt in people's minds about their ability. They gave this one up. So the model is there for Philadelphia, sans that second quarter disaster. The Sixers aren't dead, because the Heat haven't ended them yet. Until they do, that excitement about the possibility of a Sixers comeback will linger. 

Miami thought they had taken all the pressure off of themselves. They thought they would coast into the second round. But, as much of an advantage as they've had, they still couldn't get it done. The Sixers live to die another die. 
Posted on: April 24, 2011 2:24 am
Edited on: April 24, 2011 2:54 am
 

Series Reset: Sixers' last stand

Can the Sixers take a game? Can anything stop the Heat? Or will the Miami team that failed in key situations in the regular season show its ugly head?
Posted by Matt Moore




The Narrative: This is the end, my only friend, the end. The Sixers have been overwhelmed in Games 1-3. In first-round defined by intensity, close games, and upsets, the Sixers are the one team that didn't show up to the party. They've been outmatched in this series and have shown no ability to figure out a solution to the Heat's Big 3. When Chris Bosh is owning you, you're in trouble. This isn't the same as Pacers-Bulls, where the Pacers have held leads for long stretches. The Sixers have held a lead now and then, but eventually the Heat run them out of the building. This thing's over. Maimi may slack off and let the Sixers get one in, but it'll be a gentleman's sweep (a sweep with a win thrown in to be polite to the other team). For the Heat, this is now about getting rest and continuing to build the sense of team definition they've been struggling to find all season.

The Hook: Chris Bosh was dominant in Game 1, LeBron James in Game 2, Dwyane Wade in Game 3. Who's going to take over in Game 4? Zydrunas Ilgauskas? Mario Chalmers? Mike Bibby? Joel Anthony? Probably not. The most likely scenario is the Big 3 each putting in contributions, the Sixers folding up the tents and this thing ending in a grind-it-out style like most of the series have been. It's true that the Triad has been in rare form in this series, but it's really been the Heat's defense which has done the work. They've shut down Andre Iguodala, Jrue Holiday and Thaddeus Young, frustrating each with matchups and hard switches. They've looked consistent, communicative and smooth. There's just not much you can see in the way of an adjustment that the Sixers could make. Unless...

The Adjustment: It's time for the zone. It can't hurt, right? Making the Heat into jump-shooters is a much preferable end than watching them slice and dice through anyone and everything in their way. The Sixers might as well throw this out there. Sure, it's one step short of the full-court trap in the gimmick department, but the Heat do have a penchant for settling for jumpers when things get tough. They've been nailing them in this series, but again, what does Philadelphia have to lose? They've got to play with pride, but they also need to commit to stopping the Heat from spinning their heads around. Aggressive doubles on Bosh in the post, and hard fouls on LeBron would help, but in reality, the only thing that looks to stop the Heat right now are the Heat. Zone will at least induce them to think about doing what will trip them up. 

The X-Factor: The wounded animal syndrome. The Pacers fought through about 70 bad breaks to beat a very good Chicago team. There's no reason the Sixers can't take one, especially at home. It'll take a monumental amount of pride and some fiery coaching from Doug Collins, but we've seen crazier things. Hey, the Spurs are down 2-1 to Memphis. Surely the Sixers can get one at home. 

The Sticking Point: The Heat look like the best team in the East right now. But it's just the first round. They could use the rest, and they could us the mental edge of taking out a team that can't challenge in a sweep. Will we see the killer instinct? That seems like the only thing between Philadelphia and the brooms. 
 
 
 
 
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