Tag:Andre Iguodala
Posted on: November 1, 2010 2:03 pm
 

Sixers have no winners. Literally.

76ers are without a single player with professional winning record.
Posted by Matt Moore


The Sixers aren't really all that young. I mean, they're not old. But Andre Iguodala, their "star" is 26, entering his prime. Elton Brand is a dinosaur that never got to really rome the Earth, and they have five players 29 or older on roster. They have some young pieces in huge roles, like 22-year-old Thaddeus Young and 20-year-old Jrue Holiday, but in general, they're a pretty balanced squad, age-wise.

Which is what makes a fact Doug Collins relayed to the Philadelphia Inquirer 's Kate Fagan all the more stunning. From the PI :

In that vein, Sixers coach Doug Collins offered this statistic after the game (which he said he shared with his team as well): No player on the Sixers roster has a winning record as a professional. That actually struck me as quite amazing. Obviously there are the mainstays that you know don't have a winning record because they've been with the Sixers their entire careers (Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young, Lou Williams, etc.), but to think that even the added veterans and transplants (Andres Nocioni, Tony Battie) don't have winning records is amazing. It's a statistic that is common sense once you think about it, but still quite representative of the uphill battle this team faces.

Not one player. Not Andres Nocioni. Not former Western Conference Semifinalist Elton Brand, not Jason Kapono. Not "star" Andre Iguodala (I've overused the sarcastic quotes on the word star haven't I?). Nobody. That's impressive, in an opposite kind of way.

Philadelphia is currently winless, and third worst in efficiency in the league .After what many considered a promising preseason, the team has gotten blasted. Liberty Ballers, a Sixers blog, isn't freaking out three games in, being happy that the team is competing a full 48. That and a quarter will get the team exactly nothing, because you can't really buy anything for a quarter anymore. It may be time to start looking for more than effort. Like a trade. But theyr'e right. It's still early.

Unfortunately, history does not bode well for them either.
Posted on: October 29, 2010 9:57 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:15 pm
 

Andre Iguodala does want out of Philadelphia?

Andre Iguodala has reportedly informed Philadelphia 76ers management through his camp that he would like to be traded if the team is not able toandre-iguodalaimprove this season. Posted by Ben Golliver  Earlier Friday, we noted a reassuring report out of Philadelphia that stated 76ers star forward Andre Iguodala had not requested a trade from the team. On Friday evening, a slightly different story emerged from ESPN's Chris Broussard, the go-to source for players to passive-aggressively make their disaffection with their organizations public. Broussard writes that Iguodala has not and would not publicly request a trade because that's not his style but that his camp "has let Sixers management know that if the team doesn't begin winning, he'd like to be moved elsewhere." 
I’m told by well-placed sources that Andre Iguodala would like a change of scenery; that after spending the summer winning a World Championship with Team USA Iguodala can’t stomach going through another losing season in Philadelphia, especially when there’s no light at the end of the tunnel.
Broussard also notes that the Sixers have denied speaking with Iguodala on the matter. Taking the soft float from Iguodala's camp and the Sixers denial together, that puts us in the most preliminary stages of a star player hijacking an organization, roughly three months behind Carmelo Anthony's current timetable. Buckle up, City of Brotherly Love. And buy stock in Evan Turner now while people still think he's a harmless nerd.
Posted on: October 29, 2010 3:41 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:16 pm
 

Report: Andre Iguodala hasn't made trade request

Philadelphia 76ers forward Andre Iguodala reportedly hasn't requested a trade. Posted by Ben Golliverandre-iguodala Kate Fagan of Philly.com reports that Philadelphia 76ers star forward Andre Iguodala, a member of the 2010 Team USA World Championship team, has not requested a trade.  Fagan writes that an ESPN broadcaster alluded to a trade request -- either now or later in the season if the Sixers struggled -- during a television broadcast on Wednesday, when the Sixers hosted the Miami Heat.
That statement, along with some circulating second and third-hand rumors, created a small amount of buzz that Iguodala wants out of Philly.
That is untrue. Iguodala has not requested a trade, nor has he told management he'd like to be traded if the Sixers aren't winning by midseason. Iguodala has not approached management with any trade request. According to a source, the "news" came from a statement Iguodala made -- saying he'd like to play for a winning team -- that was then taken out of context and morphed into the logical next step: well, if Philly isn't winning, then Iguodala wants out.
Iguodala's case in Philadelphia is an interesting one right now because presumably rookie Evan Turner is the franchise's face of the future. Turner and Iguodala aren't incompatible by any means, but, fast forwarding a few years, could the Sixers make better use of his salary slot to complement Turner? It seems likely. But if you're Philadelphia and you're not in love with the Iguodala/Turner pairing, you're still in no rush to move Iguodala, even if he's unhappy. At age 26, Iguodala is just entering his prime and his trade value will therefore remain as-is into the foreseeable future. For that reason, and the fact that Iguodala's contract runs into 2013-2014 (player option on the final year), any trade talk seems extremely premature. As for Iguodala's statement that he wants to play for a winner? That's all good. With the young pieces Philly has assembled around Iguodala, contending for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference isn't out of the question. So, Iggy, don't talk about playing for a winner, be about it. 
Posted on: October 21, 2010 2:33 am
 

Nuggets interested in... Anderson Varejao?! What?

Floppy-haired Cavs forward on list of players Denver covets... for some reason.  Posted by Matt Moore

When KB dropped the verse Wedneday night that the Nuggets have a list of veteran bigs they want in return for any deal involving Carmelo Anthony, there were the usual suspects. 

Joakim Noah: Top flight center. Charming possibility of a beehive. Great rebounder. Young, talented, and tenacious. Makes sense. 

Andrei Kirilenko: Super-attractive wife. Excellent versatile skill set. Able to play multiple positions. Valuable contract. Makes sense. 

Andre Iguodala: The superstar role-player. Able to play the 2, 3, or 4. Great rebounder, passer, and auxiliary scorer. Easy to get under his skin by calling him easy nickname of "Iggy." Slaps rookies in the face with powder. Makes sense. 

Gerald Wallace: Plays so hard every night, every play that he has given himself a concussion and collapsed a lung. Terrific all-around athlete that can do nearly anything you ask of him. Sweet headband. Makes sense. 

Anderson Varejao: Wait, what?

Don't get me wrong. i'm not ignorant in the ways of defensive plus-minus, nor am I oblivious to the stout mechanics of Flopsy's defensive prowess. And hey, if you need a clean-up score, Varejao is your guy. Stick that guy next to 2005-era Tim Duncan and watch the offensive putbacks roll in. Coast to coast like butter and toast. 

But Varejao is far from a complete player, and we've yet to see him outside of being the rather fourth-option level sidekick to the MVP. We're kind of lacking a good sample set on how he'd do where his, say, the second or third offensive option. Varejao's jumper improved last season (jumped to a 50% shooter from less than 10 feet from 35%). But he's still got no range, lacks a true post-set and is, in general, Anderson Varejao. 

What's more confusing is that Anderson signed a new deal in the summer of 2009, with roughly $33 million guaranteed. That's a big, long term, expensive contract entering into a new CBA for a team that would be for all intents and purposes blowing it up and starting over. If you look at what the Nuggets should do in such a move, Varejao is pretty much the polar opposite of that idea. Even if, in the only plausible scenario that involves Cleveland in a deal, there is a third team acquiring Anthony who would send some fictional young superstar to Denver, you'd still be left with a significant financial restriction. 

For the Cavs? Giddy up. If the Cavs do somehow manage to talk Masai Ujiri into taking Varejao's contract, their rebuilding project would be even further along than they thought. Moving Mo Williams and Antawn Jamison then becomes much easier in terms of accepting a quarter-on-the-dollar type deal. The assets they would then acquire, in combination with cap space, a dreadful team guaranteed for the lottery, the Heat's high 20's pick to use in combination with remaining assets on draft day, and the massive trade exception they received from the great James robbery, would put them in line for a massive transformation in only a few precious months versus a long-term project that may take years to complete. 

New York tried everything it could to ruin Cleveland by taking James away this past summer, only to watch Miami do the dirty work and leave them outside the party. Ironically, it could wind up being Cleveland that helps them get the next best available thing. The only question is how long that will take. 

For now, as KB writes, we'll have to wait and see. 
Posted on: October 20, 2010 9:44 am
Edited on: October 20, 2010 11:48 am
 

Shootaround 10.20.10: Knocked and slapped

Knicks knocking at the Melo door again, Childress knocked out with a bad digit, and Evan Turner slapped in the face, all in today's shootaround.
Posted by Matt Moore


We'll have more this morning on a report from ESPN NY's Chris Sheridan that the Knicks are back in the Melo chase . One thought off the bat. They can trade for a player the Nuggets want more, but unless they land a draft pick they're still toast. The McGrady trade keeps stubbing Donnie Walsh's toe.

Knickerblogger is concerned that Raymond Felton may not be much of an improvement over Chris Duhon. Last night was a particularly strong showing from Felton, and he looked very much like the kind of point guard the Knicks have needed for years.

A breakdown of the postions in Rick Adelman's system. The focus on the big in the pinch post is going to be why Brad Miller will be so comfy there.

Lots of coaches with health concerns this week. Doc Rivers had a test come back negative for cancer , which is great news. Doug Collins missed last night's Sixers game while dealing with lingering effects of a concussion .

Josh Childress fractured a finger last night and out at least a week but it won't be too long. It's ridiculous that these guys play at this level with broken fingers.

Ted Leonsis thinks Josh Howard is a respected leader . There's lots of mockery this morning about that, but people forget that despite his off-court issues, he's thought of well by teammates, and that guys like Stephen Jackson are perennial captains for their teams.

Jerry West thinks maybe he should have drafted Amar'e Stoudemire instead of Drew Gooden. In other news, I should have had oatmeal this morning instead of eating rusty nuts and bolts from a '75 Chevy.

Al Harrington says he'll be ready for opening night . No word on whether his defense is making a similar commitment.

Marcus Thornton's in a slump, which shouldn't surprise people . Shootres in their second year take a step back sometimes, and the fact that he's got a new coach and a new offensive system probably complicates things as well.

And here's Evan Turner getting slapped with baby powder. So that happened.


Posted on: October 5, 2010 2:49 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2010 2:56 pm
 

Evan Turner will come off the bench as PG

Sixers rookie moving to backup PG, will come off the bench.
Posted by Matt Moore


Not quite ready for intro. That's the decision of Sixers head coach Doug Collins regarding second overall pick Evan Turner. It's not a bad thing, though, especially considering that Collins told the Philadelphia Inquierer Monday that Evans would be playing backup point guard to Jrue Holiday, expected to be a standout this season. Turner has been considered a wing for as long as he's been a prospect, despite averaging six assists last season as a Buckeye.

The move means takes a headache away from Collins as the difficulty in finding time for both Turner and Iguodala on the wing is now shifted, with Thaddeus Young maintaining his starting position. Evans as a point guard is an intriguing idea at 6-7, putting him in the same size and versatility index of Tyreke Evans, though with more polish and less athleticism. How he works on the second unit will be interesting. It's also something to keep an eye on due to the fact that if Turner were to reach his potential, the Sixers could be setting themselves up for a point guard controversy. As it stands, Turner will learn the ropes and not be forced into anything, the best situation for a rookie trying to learn the most difficult position in the NBA.

The truth of the matter is that the Sixers rotation is liquid right now. Turner can play point, shooting guard, or small forward. Andre Iguodala can play shooting guard, small forward, or even power forward in a pinch. Thaddeus Young can play either forward position, though he's been vocal in the past about playing small forward. While Doug Collins sorts out what works and what doesn't, and while Rod Thorn and Ed Stefanski attempt to put together a plan going forward, there will be experiments. But from how confident Collins has been about Turner as a point guard, it doesn't look like this is one of them.
Posted on: September 28, 2010 6:35 pm
Edited on: September 28, 2010 6:39 pm
 

Evan Turner sounds upbeat on his first day

Sixers rook talks to CBSSports.com on his first day of school camp, thinks he'll play more at guard than forward.
Posted by Matt Moore


CBSSports.com's Lauren Shehadi talked to Sixers rookie Evan Turner after practice today and the Sixers rookie sounds all cheery and upbeat. We call this "the before video."



A few tidbits here.
  • Immediately, the fact that Lou Williams had taken Turner under his wing stands out, as that's not exactly the best way for a new kid to get acquainted. But maybe that's a good introduction for the kid to how business works in the NBA.
  • He says he thinks he'll spend more time at guard with Jrue (Holiday) which is a comfort. Turner doesn't have the frame to be able to guard wings in the NBA and needs to spend his time on the perimeter. Andre Iguodala's overall game is better suited to those tasks.
Posted on: September 28, 2010 2:31 pm
Edited on: September 28, 2010 2:50 pm
 

MeloDrama: Houston out, Nets need two new teams

Posted by Royce Young
 
Most thought a deal for Carmelo Anthony would've been done by now. Not often do four-team deals hang in limbo like this without someone finally pressing the button or it completely falling apart.

And while yesterday the Nuggets leaped a big hurdle by getting Anthony to media day and training camp, there was a small twist.

He didn't partake in any of the promotional video, picture or radio shoots. All together now: hmmmmm. If you were looking for a sign that things were still alive in the trade department, I think you got one.

It's obvious that the trade discussions are still happening and as Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! reported the Nets are working on a new deal. Why the wait-out by the Nuggets? Because they're concerned about taking back more money than they're sending out.

A source told ESPN's Chris Broussard, "Stan Kroenke is not going to pay that much money to take a step backwards," the source said of the Nuggets' owner. "They'll have to find a way for Denver to take on less money for that deal to happen."

In the current proposed deal, the Nuggets would receive Andrei Kirilenko ($17.8 million), New Jersey rookie Derrick Favors ($4.1 million) and two future first-round draft picks for Carmelo, who makes right at $17.1 million. The Nuggets' payroll would increase by $4.8 million and since they are over the luxury tax, they'd pay another $4.8 million, meaning Denver would pay an extra $9.6 million this season to become a worse team. Yeah, that doesn't sound so awesome.

While Denver has not totally put the kibosh on the deal, the source told Broussard the financial complications make it "very unlikely" to happen within its current structure. That sort of explains Denver's hesitancy regarding the deal. Broussard also said that Bret Bearup, a longtime consultant to Kroenke and his son Josh, has wanted to trade Anthony for quite some time, but the money aspect of this deal has kept even him from signing off on the move.

Wojnarowski said the Nets are trying to find two new teams to get involved in the deal. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com said that the Nuggets have tried to grab Gerald Wallace but the Bobcats won't budge unless they get Anthony and Carmelo said he won't go there. Same issue with Philly and Andre Iguodala.

But Berger also notes that current deal isn't necessarily dead, but potentially is just being re-worked. On Sunday, a person connected to the talks told CBSSports.com that there was a "more than 50 percent chance" Anthony is traded in the next 24-48 hours.

One contender for Anthony that might be able to be crossed off is Houston, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reports. He said he's hearing the Rockets are out of the Carmelo sweepstakes, but does note that the longer this goes, there's a chance they could get involved again.
 
 
 
 
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