Tag:Andre Iguodala
Posted on: December 21, 2010 3:52 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2010 5:40 pm

Rockets will pursue player exception for Yao

Due to injured center's status, Rockets seek exception to enable signing or trade.
Posted by Matt Moore

The Houston Chronicle reports that the Houston Rockets will seek a disabled-player exception from the league in light of Yao Ming's ankle fracture keeping him out for the remainder of the season. The exception will grant them the ability to acquire a player up to the mid-level exception of $5.765 million. Combined with the $6.33 million exception they were granted from the trade of Trevor Ariza for Courtney Lee, the Rockets have all the pieces in place to make a move. 

But they don't have the pull. 

The Rockets have been on the waiting list for Carmelo Anthony since word started coming out about his desire to move on. But no reports have surfaced showing Melo's interest in joining Daryl Morey's merry bunch of overachievers (or underachievers, depending on how you look at it). The Rockets might choose to pursue using the exception to sign a replacement center, though who that will be remains unclear. With Erick Dampier off the slate, solid centers are at an even bigger premium.  

Should the Rockets elect to make a move, they may seek to work their way into a three-way deal. They have to execute the exception within the next 40 days though (45 from the day they uncovered the injury, last Thursday). A few names the Rockets could elect to pursue are Andre Iguodala, Rip Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, and of course... Carmelo Anthony.
The wheels keep spinning without traction for Daryl Morey
Posted on: December 17, 2010 6:12 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:41 pm

Report: 76ers turn down Blazers Iguodala offer

The Philadelphia 76ers have reportedly turned down a Portland Trail Blazers offer for forward Andre Iguodala. Posted by Ben Golliver andre-iguodala

This side of Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony, no reasonably big man has found himself in more NBA trade talk than Philadelphia 76ers wing Andre Iguodala. Given his large contract, questionable fit with 2010 No. 2 overall pick Evan Turner, and general malaise in Philadelphia, Iguodala doesn't arrive in these rumors by accident. On Thursday, an ESPN.com chat noted that the 76ers reportedly turned down an offer for Iguodala from the Portland Trail Blazers, which included young forward Nicolas Batum and veteran center Joel Przybilla. The Blazers, as noted by CBSSports.com's Ken Berger, are actively engaged in trade talks in advance of the deadline. This activity is motivated by both a disappointing start to the season and owner Paul Allen's rumored preference for seeing immediate results rather undergoing another full rebuilding cycle.
Batum, a fan favorite French forward, is a long and gifted, and has shown the ability defend multiple positions and knock down the corner three. Under former general manager Kevin Pritchard, Batum was considered untouchable, and big things were expected from him entering this season. Unfortunately, his play has been inconsistent, and coach Nate McMillan moved him to the bench to make room for 2010 summer free agent signing Wesley Matthews.  Still on his rookie deal, Batum represents an extraordinary value and still has significant untapped potential, given that he just turned 22 this week. He has shown the ability to play alongside a ball-dominating guard like Brandon Roy, and theoretically would be a solid pairing next to Turner, should Turner develop into the player everyone expects him to be.  Przybilla carries an expiring contract, so this move would make sense financially for Philadelphia, allowing them to escape the money owed to Iguodala and improve their flexibility going forward. For Portland, Iguodala would represent an all-around, tested, veteran forward that the team has lacked for years. He would be able to provide some much-needed scoring, as Portland's offense has been anemic this year thanks to the injuries to guard Brandon Roy. What's more, he has played with Blazers point guard Andre Miller in Philadelphia, so there's a familiarity there. The Blazers lack a number one option, and while Iguodala isn't necessarily established on that elite level, he might be as close as Portland can reasonably hope to get. Blazers owner Paul Allen isn't afraid to spend money, but taking on Iguodala's long-term deal is not without risk, as he has yet to prove he can contribute meaningfully to a winner in the NBA and because Portland is already tied up long-term thanks to extensions for Roy and forward LaMarcus Aldridge. That Philadelphia reportedly turned down this deal, even though it represents good value, shouldn't be overly surprising. We're still very early in the trade season, and Portland is only likely to get more desperate, the longer they deal with Roy's absence and their team-wide struggles. Plus, Philadelphia will likely find themselves listening to a number of offers for Iguodala. Berger, for example, sees the New York Knicks potentially having interest.  
Posted on: December 15, 2010 3:58 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2010 5:09 pm

Mega-Dunks abound

Posted by Matt Moore
You don't need me to intro these. I tried choosing between the two, but really, they're both sick. 

Personally, I lean towards Iguodala's. DeRozan is getting a lot of credit for dunking on Tyrus Thomas, but Thomas was moving right to left, not straight forward at DeRozan, making it lacking in true posterization. Iguodala's however, covered more ground and had a higher degree of difficulty. 
In closing, YAMS.
Posted on: December 10, 2010 5:25 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2010 7:10 pm

Friday 5 with KB: Moving plans aplenty

Posted by Matt Moore

1. Okay, so New Orleans has a few buyers mulling around, the league is all set to take ownership of the team, KC and Louisville are getting their checkbooks out, and meanwhile the Hornets have gone down the drain a bit. If I'm a New Orleans fan on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being a Hindu cow and 5 being that Saved by the Bell chick when she got addicted to stimulants, how freaked out should I be?

Ken Berger, CBSSports.com: Well, about what? If it's the Hornets' recent struggles on the court, I'd go Hindu cow. If it's the team's long-term prospects in New Orleans, we better find you some tranquilizers. In the first game after the league purchase was announced, the Hornets grew barely more than 10,000 -- and that's paid attendance, which is easily manipulated. I can't imagine who'll show up for the Sacramento game Wednesday night. If the Hornets don't meet an attendance threshold by Jan. 31 -- and they're on pace to wildly miss the mark -- the team can opt out of its arena lease with the state. The Hornets being the deeply indebted, toxic asset they are, clearly this would enhance the potential value of the franchise in a sale because it would open the floor to more bidders and buyers. Nothing will happen this season, and I doubt any serious conversations will occur until after the lockout. But the future certainly looks grim.

2. You dropped word in the post-ups that the Nuggets are finally ready to deal Melo. Knowing the time crunch the Nugget are in with the deadline two and a half months away, is it possible teams could be applying pressure back on Denver in order to sweeten their deals?

KB: Certainly possible -- and maybe even a reason the Nuggets have quietly conveyed the impression to rival executives that they're inclined not to ride out the season with Melo if he refused to sign the extension before Feb. 24. This is the next, inevitable step in the process. In other words, step right up, folks. Bring your best offers. The landscape changes a bit Dec. 15 -- in five days -- when players who signed this past summer become trade-eligible. So far, sources say the Nuggets haven't received any offers that are better than the Nets' package centered around Derrick Favors and two first-round picks. Could that change? Any potential Melo suitors know the time is now to begin trying.

3. How much longer is the Andre Iguodala trade rumor Groundhog-Day-esque nightmare going to continue?

KB: As long as he has $56.5 million coming to him over the next four years, as long as there's one team possibly willing to absorb it, and as long as the Sixers are no better than a borderline eighth seed with him on the team.

4. You talked about the Knicks' resurgence in your quarterly report. What does New York have to do this season to take the next step, or have they hit their ceiling?

KB: Their run of 11 wins in 12 games is a little deceptive because of the competition they've faced, particularly in terms of defensive competition. But there's no doubting the potency of their offense -- and as you've pointed out, they're not benefiting from some ungodly 3-point shooting percentage that can't be sustained. They still need the same two things they needed and tried to get over the summer -- a rugged interior player to defend the basket and a dynamic wing. If they can get one of those between now and the deadline, they'll be on their way to a sure playoff berth -- maybe even a four or five seed. If they can't get Melo, they just have to make sure they don't jeopardize their future flexibility for sloppy seconds.

5. You wrote about how the Players Union's proposal has been completely ignored by the owners this week with so many non-starters. My question is this: Most of the Players' proposals only really hurt the top three to four teams in the league and would help all the little ones. Why are the smaller market teams not demanding the owners take a harder look at this proposal? Is it simply that damaging across the board or are they being bullied by the established big market teams?

KB: Let's start backwards: It certainly seems that the hard-liners are governing the owners' negotiating tactics, because there has been not a word of pushback from small-market owners to the league negotiators' treatment of the players' proposal -- which has been largely to ignore it. The owners -- at least the vast majority of them -- clearly view the players' plan as tweaks and Band-Aids where major reconstructive surgery is needed. When David Stern and Adam Silver have publicly stated on numerous occasions that they're aiming for massive changes to the sport's economic structure, no one is going to cross them publicly and give the players credit -- which they deserve -- for coming up with a handful of creative solutions.

Those solutions clearly don't go far enough in the eyes of Stern and his staunchest supporters. Plus, here's something else to chew on: The small-market owners, in particular, either believe or have been led to believe that they'll lose less money by shutting down the sport than they will by putting on another 82-game charade under the current system. In a way, Stern has gotten exactly what he wanted: By hitting the players over the head with a guillotine in the form of his draconian initial proposal, he boxed Billy Hunter into a corner. Hunter had no choice but to come back with an equally one-sided proposal, so as not to let the owners sense weakness. If a lockout is what the owners want, a lockout is what they are well on their way to achieving.

You can ask Ken a question for the Friday 5 with KB by emailing cbssportsnba@gmail.com or hitting us up on Twitter at @CBSSportsNBA .
Posted on: December 5, 2010 1:15 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:16 pm

Rumor: Andre Iguodala to the Cleveland Cavs?

Philadelphia 76ers forward Andre Iguodala has been linked to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a trade rumor. Posted by Ben Golliverandre-iguodala

For the better part of the first five weeks of the season, Philadelphia 76ers forward Andre Iguodala has been linked to trade rumors, and for good reason. Iguodala's situation in Philly is past-cliche at this point: semi-star makes more than $10 million a year, his team still loses, it makes more sense for both parties to part ways rather than continue in expensive mediocrity.  While Iguodala has been publicly mum, word started to slip out back in October that he was open to a change of venue. On Sunday, comes word that the Cleveland Cavaliers may be a player in the Iguodala trade market, according to MorningJournal.com.
League sources indicate the Philadelphia 76ers are attempting to trade guard/forward Andre Iguodala.
There is no active dialogue between the Sixers and Cavs right now, but a source said it was one to keep your eye on ... He would fit nicely into the Cavs’ $14.5 million trade exception.
That trade exception, of course, was created by the departure of LeBron James to the Miami Heat this summer. That departure left the Cavs without a credible shot-creator and point-scorer on the wing, and without much reason for fans to continue to purchase tickets. Iguodala would fix those problems, and his price tag would like be worth it to Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, who is desperate for relevancy after getting humiliated (and humiliating himself) this past summer. The trade exception would be a nice flexibility play for the Sixers, but the price for Iguodala would likely be much higher. A draft pick and a young prospect, at the very least.  One hold up to any Iguodala trade, however, is the uncertain development of Evan Turner. If Turner, the 2010 NBA Draft's No. 2 overall selection, can show he is a legit NBA player by the trade deadline, then moving Iguodala becomes significantly easier. If he's still the nerdtastic and inconsistent player he's shown himself to be so far, parting with Iguodala would set Philadelphia on an even more serious downward spiral.
Posted on: November 9, 2010 3:27 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:37 pm

Friday return for Iguodala after Achilles injury

Philadelphia 76ers forward Andre Iguodala is expected to return to the court on Friday after suffering from an Achilles injury. Posted by Ben Golliverandre-iguodala Last Friday, we noted that Philadelphia 76ers forward Andre Iguodala strained his right Achilles and underwent an MRI. It appears as if the injury will only keep him out for roughly a week. The Sixers report on Twitter that Iguodala did not practice on Tuesday due to "right Achilles tendonitis," but that he will travel with the team on its upcoming road trip, which includes games at Oklahoma City, Dallas and San Antonio.  The team also noted that Sixers head coach Doug Collins told the media on Tuesday that "the target game for Iguodala's return is Friday" at the Dallas Mavericks.   In Iguodala's absence, the Sixers defeated the New York Knicks on Sunday, and rookie wing Evan Turner, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, had a nice night, finishing with 14 points and 10 rebounds in his first start.
Posted on: November 7, 2010 3:58 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:34 pm

Warriors wouldn't trade Monta Ellis for Carmelo?

Golden State guard Monta Ellis is off to a hot start, and the Warriors reportedly wouldn't trade him for Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony. Posted by Ben Gollivermonta-ellis   The Golden State Warriors, who haven't made the NBA playoffs since 2006-2007, are off to a stellar 4-1 start. Point guard Stephen Curry looks to have made a sophomore leap in his overall game, but off guard Monta Ellis has been the team's engine, averaging a career-high 28.6 points to go along with 3.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists through five games.  When Ellis put up 25.5 points per game last season, it came with an asterick because of his offensive inefficiency.  Ellis attempted a ton of threes, didn't get to the foul line as much as he should and shot 44.9 percent overall, a good number, but one with room for improvement. Through five games, Ellis has been an efficiency machine. He's shooting 51.9% percent from the field, outstanding for a guard. He's averaging more than eight free throw attempts a game, an excellent figure that speaks to his aggressiveness. And, most impressively, he's hitting an astonishing 70.6% of his shots from less than 10 feet according to HoopData.com.  The question, of course, is whether those numbers are sustainable. The answer: probably not, but even if he cools off considerably we are likely to see a career year from Ellis this season.  As such, the Ellis hype from the Bay Area has reached a new pinnacle. MercuryNews.com reports that Ellis, who has been mentioned in trade rumors off and on for the last few years, is now carrying a much steeper price.
Just before the season started, when reports surfaced about forward Carmelo Anthony wanting out of Denver, Bay Area News Group reported that the Warriors were offering anyone but Curry to get Anthony. As early as October, rumors circulated about the Warriors dangling Ellis to try to get someone such as Philadelphia's Andre Iguodala or Atlanta's Josh Smith.
At this point, neither Iguodala nor Smith would be enough in return for Ellis. One source said the Warriors probably wouldn't part with Ellis even if it meant landing Anthony, who some consider a top-five player in the NBA.
That "Carmelo isn't enough for Monta" statement is surprising at first glance, given that Ellis has never made an all star game while Anthony is a three-time all star and Olympic gold medalist. That said, you can see where the Warriors are coming from. In Anthony, you have a player who is near his peak and intent on winning big in the short term. In Ellis, you have a player who still has room to improve to reach his ceiling and who isn't married to an MTV veejay intent on big-market domination. For a smaller-market team on the rise like the Warriors, Ellis just fits better. Also, there's the matter of basketball fit with Warriors point guard Stephen Curry. Given the improvement he's shown from a play-making and offensive leadership perspective, Curry has the potential to be a perennial all-star, if he can limit his turnovers. His game is high-paced, instinctive and best for a motion offense. Ellis, who can score in a variety of ways and moves very well off the ball, is probably a better long-term pair for Curry than Anthony, who often finds himself in isolation or working out of the post. While Anthony is still a better overall player and has proven it during multiple deep playoff runs, a hot start from Ellis sure makes it seem like the gap between the two players isn't nearly as big as it seemed three or four months ago.
Posted on: November 5, 2010 11:42 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:32 pm

Andre Iguodala strains Achilles, will undergo MRI

Philadelphia 76ers forward Andre Iguodala strained his right Achilles tendon on Friday and will reportedly undergo an MRI. Posted by Ben Golliverandre-iguodala

Philly.com reports that 76ers forward Andre Iguodala suffered a right Achilles injury that forced him to leave Philadelphia's Frriday night game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Sixers coach Doug Collins changed his second-half starting lineup, going with Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, Andres Nocioni, Elton Brand, and Tony Battie. Collins benched starting center Spencer Hawes and was without swingman Andre Iguodala, who suffered a strained right Achilles tendon on the final play of the first half.
Sixers beat writer Kate Fagan reports on Twitter that Iguodala will under an MRI on Saturday on the Achilles tendon.  In Iguodala's absence, the Sixers dropped Friday night's game, 123-116, to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The loss dropped Philly to 1-5 on the season and they are currently in the Atlantic Division cellar, four games behind the divison-leading Celtics less than two weeks into the season. Through five games, Iguodala is averaging 14.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 6.2 assists in a team-high 38.8 minutes per game. Should he miss time due to the injury, look for reserve guard Evan Turner, who Philly selected with the No. 2 pick in the 2010 NBA draft, to pick up the playing time slack.  Iguodala made headlines recently for some early rumblings that he might be looking to bail out of a sinking Sixers ship, although he has not yet submitted a trade request to management. Fagan also reports that Philadelphia's other starting forward, Andre Nocioni, will also undero an MRI on Saturday, on his ailing right ankle.
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