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Report: Iguodala thinks he's done in Philly

Posted on: June 20, 2011 10:12 am
Edited on: June 20, 2011 1:53 pm
Posted by Matt Moore

How long has Andre Iguodala been on the trade block, now? Two years? Three? Seems like forever. But with the draft heating up, the Sixers looking to commit to Evan Turner, and needing to capitalize on Iguodala's trade value at its height,  Iguodala's involved in even more speculation. Now Hoopsworld reports that Iguodala is pretty sure his time munching cheesesteaks is over. 
Meanwhile, Philadelphia wants to move forward with their plans and doesn't want their drama with Iguodala to drag out during the lengthy labor talks, which will keep teams from trading players. A deal appears inevitable at this point, with sources close to Iguodala confirming that he's open to a trade and doesn't expect to be back in Philadelphia next season.
via NBA AM: Will Andre Iguodala Be Dealt Before Draft? - Basketball News & NBA Rumors -.

"Inevitable" is a word that's been used in regards to Iguodala trade talks for years, so it's hard to see this as much of a change in status. But having Iggy himself think he's through is a pretty good sign a deal will be done before the end of the year at the very latest. Then again, Kirk Hinrich was pretty sure he was through in Chicago at the 2009 draft, and he lasted quite a bit longer in the Windy City. Sometimes trading your best players takes a while for the right bid to come in.

Other times, you're Kevin McHale and your former team comes calling.

Iguodala can be great on a team where he's a third option, operating as a complimentary player and defender next to two solid offensive options. But he should be wary of being traded somewhere that he's expected to be "the guy." He does not have, nor has ever had, the capability to take over offensively. He's a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none, and needs to make sure he's given the keys to the castle for maintenance, not the throne. That of course would require self-awareness, which in the NBA is about as rare as consistent elite free throw shooting. Only a hand full of guys have it, really.

Since: Oct 27, 2010
Posted on: June 21, 2011 12:20 am

Report: Iguodala thinks he's done in Philly

Iggy would be the perfect replacement for Ron Artest on the Lakers.

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: June 20, 2011 3:49 pm

Report: Iguodala thinks he's done in Philly

Too bad Isiah isn't his GM or a Boozer for Iggy trade would look damn nice for the Bulls...

I dont understand the "needs to be a third option" part of this article.  Who were the two better than him in Philly?  The guy lead them or was second in scoring, usually led or was second in assists, and he was a leading rebounder.  If he has more talent around him, he could be a star.  

Since: Sep 24, 2007
Posted on: June 20, 2011 3:43 pm

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Iggy has been a great player for the Philly.  However, I think he's paid way too much for what he does.  With that much money, he should be averaging more than 20 pts a game.  If he is dealt, I hope he goes to the Chicago Bulls.  He's a great defender and would complement Derrick Rose very well providing assists, steals, and some scoring.  Like Lebron said, they're only one piece away from a title.  I do hope that happens and Lebron gets his chance at a title stuffed once again in 2012 by the Bulls.

Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: June 20, 2011 2:34 pm

Report: Iguodala thinks he's done in Philly

The sixers are almost there. They played the heat good and tight for 4 out of the 5 games in the playoffs despite miami holding an advantage talent wise. A few breaks on calls would of resulted more wins. Their weakness was and still is the center position. Miami killed them on second change shots. Philly lacked someone to contest the rim and crash thr boards. Sammy D or reggie evans would of been a big help in that series. As for Iggy, he was a good swingman, he's at his best on the break in transition. He's a great lockdown defender. He is robin not batman, no matter how hard the sixers tried to make him the go to guy. His jumpshot is very bad. If he'd drive the rim and draw contact it would of been much better. But he always settled for the J. When he did go to the line he clanked. 72% was he's free throw average. The biggest reason they will trade him is he doesn't wanna be there anymore.
Turnner can take his spot. He defends and rebounds well. He has a good work ethic and i think his jumper will improve. He almost does the same things as Iggy at a cheaper price.
Many say the sixers need a 2 guard and a go to scorer. Be patient folks. Your star and go to player is already there. His name is holiday. He's only 20 and had 1 season under his belt. 2 seasons if you count the eddie jordan disasster. Forgett ellis and concentrate on getting the big man to play center.

Since: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: June 20, 2011 2:24 pm

Report: Iguodala thinks he's done in Philly

nice shot at Kevin McHale, still curious how much impact Jerry West's stay in
Memphis had to do with the Gasol trade.  Now that he's with the Clippers,
Blake Griffin being there too... 

Since: Feb 3, 2007
Posted on: June 20, 2011 2:23 pm

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The only #1 draft pick they would receive is a low one such as the Bulls.  However his contract is hefty so who knows if he is tradeable!

Since: Jun 20, 2011
Posted on: June 20, 2011 1:35 pm

Report: Iguodala thinks he's done in Philly

to hatman:
Your logic is stupid.  They made a bad trade with the Wilt trade, so they should do another bad trade (Iggy for Nelson) because it isn't as bad as other trades they made of the years (many years ago if you want to talk about Wilt)?  And when did Iggy have to do everything?  Have you watched the Sixers this year?(rhetorical question, the answers obviously no).  Never has Iggy or anyone in Doug Collins' system single handedly been asked to control the game.  Thats why Iggy was able to play well this year, because he was a role player and not asked to be the star player, often playing point-forward on a team which they evenly spread the offense.

To skykid:
I agree he's not a number one option, most likely a 2nd option, 3rd on a very good team.  But that doesn't take away his value.  He is one of the top defending wing players in the game and in the right role he can excel as that 2nd or 3rd option.  That can be a very attractive trade commodity to a team that is borderline contending.  Definitely does not take away the Sixers leverage.  They don't HAVE to trade him. He's not going to be a FA, so if anyone has the leverage it's the sixers because they have to get an offer that they actually want.  Iggy isn't/can't force their hand.  The reason they are trading him is because this is where his trade value is going to be the highest and the sixers are ready to move forward with Turner/Holliday running the team (plus whatever player/draft pick they get in return for Iggy). 

Since: Jun 3, 2008
Posted on: June 20, 2011 1:34 pm

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What team is going to give up a top 3 pick for a third option?  Come on man.  With him and our number 16 pick you might get up to 8 or 9 in the draft.

Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: June 20, 2011 1:28 pm

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It is time to trade Iguodala.  I am a Sixers season ticket holder and I like him.  The problem is that Iguodala does not help this team get better.  By having him on the team, the Sixers will always be a contender for the 7th or 8th playoff spot.  They need to trade him and either become worse and get a top 3 pick or get a new player and see if that takes you closer to winning the championship.  Also, I don't think the Sixers are a good fit for Iguodala.  He is asked to do way too much.  He is a 3rd option and the Sixers management treat him like a #1.  If he went to the Clippers where he could focus on defense and driving to the hoop, he could be close to All Star level. 

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: June 20, 2011 1:13 pm

Report: Iguodala thinks he's done in Philly

This is the same franchise that traded Wilt Chamberlain for the Lakers garbage pile. Who can ever forget John Q Trapp who could not fit practice into his busy social schedule. Nelson would be a steal ( but still not worth it) compared to some of the deals they have made over the years. AI is worth a lot more than what they will get for him. I hope he ends up with a team where he is not expected to have to do everything. He is pure class and I hope he thrives wherever he lands.

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