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.