Tag:Philadelphia 76ers
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 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 15, 2011 1:04 am
Edited on: April 15, 2011 3:18 pm
 

NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference First Round Picks

The NBA playoffs are here. We've previewed the Eastern Conference. Now here are our picks along with the rest of the CBS NBA staff for you to mock or praise. Be gentle. 




Here are the EOB picks for the Eastern Conference, with a little 'splainin. Leave your picks below. 

8 Pacers vs. 1 Bulls

Ben Golliver: If Derrick Rose can walk on water and turn water into wine, surely he can overcome an average Indiana Pacers team that has no hope of stopping him. Of all the playoff series, this one probably has the greatest sweep potential, as the Bulls enter the series fully motivated because they need to establish their post-season reputation ASAP. There’s not a single match-up that truly favors Indiana. Prediction: Bulls in four.

Royce Young: Almost every matchup favors the Bulls as well as style of play. Indiana will play them hard and probably play them pretty close, but this has sweep written all over it. The Pacers won't do any sneaking up because of Granger's bulletin board material, so their best shot at stealing a game is gone. However, I'd like to think the Pacers will be excited enough to pull one off at home, just to treat the Indy fans. Prediction: Bulls in five.

Matt Moore: This should be a sweep. It really should. On the surface it has all the makings. But with the Bulls' offense able to dry up like it can, versus a young and versatile Pacers team with a top flight center and a good point guard, I think the Bulls wind up giving them the gentleman's sweep. It's still a sweep, but you give 'em one, to be polite. Prediction: Bulls in five.

Ken Berger: Roy Hibbert can make Derrick Rose think twice before driving to the rim, but the Bulls are too good defensively to allow Indiana to mount any sort of a challenge. This will be a test of how serious Chicago is about winning a championship. A matchup like this doesn't deserve any more than their minimum time investment. They'll need to get this over with quickly and get ready for the brutal battles ahead. Prediction: Bulls in four. 

7 Sixers vs. 2 Heat

Ken Berger: If this were the timid, confused, jump-shooting Heat team we saw earlier in the season, the Sixers would have a chance to make this interesting. But the way Miami is attacking the rim and scoring in the paint, this will be a quick and relatively painless path to the second round. Two things the Sixers have going for them: Lou Williams is back, giving them a boost off the bench, and they're one of the top 3-point-defending teams in the league. So there's that. Prediction: Heat in four.

Royce Young: The Sixers are long, fast, athletic and can run. The Heat are longer, faster, more athletic and run better. Not good for Philly. There is always a chance things could happen because I think there's a sincere uncertainty about exactly how the Heat will respond to playoff basketball, but Miami just has too much talent for the Sixers. Maybe they can win a game, which I think would be a victory. Prediction: Heat in four.

Ben Golliver: The Miami Heat have been up, down and all over the map this season, but they closed strong and draw a match-up against an overachieving 76ers group whose season will still be seen as a success if they get bounced quickly. Elton Brand will be a load, but everyone else is manageable, and Philly just doesn’t have the overall offensive chops to keep up with the triad. Prediction: Heat in five. 

Matt Moore:  I flipped on this prediction six times. I started out with your standard 2-2-2 6-game set. Then I went all wacky and went to a seven game series with fans and media talking about how terrible the Heat are, and could they lose in the first round. Then I walked it back to a sweep. Then back to a six-gamer. Then I thought maybe a gentleman's sweep (5 games, you give 'em one out of being polite). But I keep coming back to that Heat team that lost to mediocre team after mediocre team this season. Except Philly. Which either means the Sixers have no chance or they're due. I have absolute faith in Miami winnning. I just have no faith in them winning comfortably. Prediction: Heat in six. 

6 Knicks vs. 3 Celtics

Matt Moore: The Knicks take two games here because stars step up in the playoffs, and both Stoudemire and Anthony are huge stars. The Celtics are much better but still finding their way. The Knicks defense will show up for 1.5 games, and that plus their offense will land them two games. Anthony is not efficient, but he's going to have a field day with Pierce's defense. Billups will have one big game and so will some other random Knick. That will give them a false sense of hope in New York going forward. Should be entertaining. Prediction: Celtics in six.

Ben Golliver: Given how much the midseason trade for Anthony compromised New York’s depth, there’s a sense that the not yet fully formed Knicks are just happy to be in the post-season for the first time since 2003-2004. The Celtics, meanwhile, aren’t playing their best basketball but they do enter the post-season with a greater urgency, given the age and mentality of their core players. The Garnett/ Pierce/ Allen/ Rondo core has defeated far better all-around teams than this year’s Knicks, and a B- or better performance from Boston should be enough to see the Celtics through to the second round and a likely dream match-up with the Miami Heat. Prediction: Celtics in five. 

Ken Berger: Paul Pierce and Carmelo Anthony cancel each other out. Kevin Garnett and Amar'e Stoudemire cancel (and curse) each other out. Boston's gaping hole at center isn't a big deal, since the Knicks don't have a center, either. So this comes down to how well Ray Allen shoots the three-ball, and the point guard matchup. Rondo torched the Knicks during the regular season (though only one of those meetings was post-trade with all the regulars playing). Despite his late-season swoon, Rondo should be in full orchestration mode against the slower, older Chauncey Billups. One caveat here: While defense trumps offense in the playoffs, Melo and Amar'e are so scary good that if either one gets on a serious roll, it would change the complexion of the series. Prediction: Celtics in five. 

Royce Young: Back when the Melo trade finally happened, most people agreed: You don't want these Knicks in the playoffs -- they're dangerous. Are they though? Are they actually dangerous enough with two elite offensive players to push the Celtics? Depends on your definition of "push." I think the Knicks can win two games, but this is Boston's series. Prediction: Celtics in six. 

5 Hawks vs. 4 Magic

Royce Young:  Everyone is picking Orlando -- myself included -- but the Hawks actually won the season series 3-1. But that's being ignored because it's hard to forget what happened last postseason between these two teams. I get the feeling the Hawks are ready for this one and want to prove a little something, but the Magic are much better than they are. I feel seven games though for some reason. Prediction: Magic in seven.

Matt Moore: This series will actually be pretty interesting.  All the matchups point towards the Hawks being able to make a run and knock off the Magic. But we've seen this kind of situation with the Celtics versus the Heat last year. You have to trust the tested playoff team that's won before. Factor in the chance that Nelson steps up and Howard's ability to take over a game every now and then and the Magic are still the favorites, if for no other reason than their defense. Prediction: Magic in six.

Ben Golliver: For a capable,versatile, athletic group, the Atlanta Hawks sure are disappointing. They strike fear in the hearts of no one considering their heartless performance last season. Their uneven, often unmotivated, play under first year coach Larry Drew doesn’t bode well for avoiding a repeat of history. This year’s Magic are good – not great – but they have more than enough offensive firepower and the best player in the series, by a mile, in Dwight Howard. Prediction: Magic in four.

Ken Berger:  Atlanta won the season series 3-1, in large part because they kept Dwight Howard's damage to a minimum on the offensive end. Of the teams Orlando played four times this season, only Miami held Dwight to a lower scoring average. The Magic are on the short end of defensive mismatches at every spot except center, and even there, Jason Collins has done as good a job on Howard as anyone. So why am I picking Orlando? Because Howard will control the paint defensively and the glass, because the Magic are better-coached, and because the Hawks have been so inconsistent lately it's hard to figure out what they are. Also, there's not much home-court advantage in the ATL, and when things start going poorly for the Hawks, they get ugly quickly. Prediction: Magic in five. 
Posted on: April 14, 2011 9:20 am
Edited on: April 14, 2011 9:27 am
 

Eastern Playoffs LiveChat today at 2 p.m. EST

We'll be chatting Eastern Conference Playoffs this afternoon at 2 p.m. EST. We'll break down each matchup and take your questions and comments. You should swing by and argue for why your team will win its series. I'm sure no one will disagree with you. Especially if you live in the Northeast. 2 p.m. EST here on EOB. 


Posted on: April 13, 2011 3:47 pm
 

Lou Williams practicing, should be ready

Posted by Royce Young

If the 76ers have any visions of pushing the Miami Heat in the opening round of the playoffs, they'll need Lou Williams. And they'll need him playing at a high level.

Williams went down a couple weeks ago with pulled hamstring but according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, he practiced Tuesday and coach Doug Collins expects him to be ready for the first game of the playoffs.

"I don't think people realize - I do and our team does - Lou is our personality," Collins said. "He's our voice. He gets us into the huddles; he gets us out of the huddles. He gets the guys before the game and after the game. We missed his voice, his energy, and his personality."

Williams was a major part of maybe the best bench in the league this year. He's a steady scoring point guard that does well sharing time in the backcourt with Jrue Holiday. If Williams isn't healthy, that means Evan Turner gets bigger minutes and that's not a good thing for Philadelphia. But it sounds like he should be ready which at least helps some for the Sixers heading into the series with the Heat.
Category: NBA
Posted on: April 13, 2011 2:23 pm
 

NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Game 1 Schedule


Posted by Matt Moore

The Eastern Conference playoff schedule is out. Here's how you should start planning your weekend:

Saturday

8 Indiana Pacers at 1 Chicago Bulls, 1:00 p.m. EST

7 Philadelphia 76ers at 2 Miami Heat 3:30 p.m. EST

5 Atlanta Hawks at 4 Orlando Magic 7:00 p.m. EST

Sunday

6 New York Knicks at 3 Boston Celtics 7:00 p.m. EST


Interesting that the Heat, despite their troubles, and against a very unfriendly media-wise team get the nice comfy 3:30 p.m. slot. That's typically one of the more marquee matchups, along with the Saturday night special (Knicks-Celtics). Clearly the networks are still counting on the Heat for a draw. Expect the Lakers to get either the 3:30 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. Sunday slots.  Which means that one of the central time zone teams with a home game (Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Dallas) will wind up with the late game. We'll update you on the Western Conference schedule as soon as it's released. 
 
 
 
 
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