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Report: Sixers looking to trade Iguodala this summer

May 8, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

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At the end of the season, Andre Iguodala was asked if he looked forward to playing with the 76ers next season, and his response was surprisingly vague for such a softball question. Here is what he told Kate Fagan of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

“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.”

That doesn’t sound like a guy who wants to be there next year. And that feeling may be mutual. He and coach Doug Collins are not on the same page, and for a team trying to rebuild the $42.3 million he is owed over the next three seasons is a big anchor. Even if they would miss his 14.1 points and 6.3 assists per game.

Fagan says the team is looking to move him this offseason. She mentioned a couple of possible deals.

Some league folks have hinted that the Sixers and Memphis Grizzlies could discuss a swap of Iguodala for Memphis’ injured star Rudy Gay. The Grizzlies are making an impact in the Western Conference playoffs without Gay, who went down with a shoulder injury late in the season.

The salaries match: Iguodala will make $13.5 million next season, while Gay will make $13.6. Gay is under contract through the 2014-15 season, meaning the Sixers would take on an extra year of salary (approximately $20 million) in such a trade….

Another trade that was discussed last season involved trading Iguodala to the Los Angeles Clippers for big man Chris Kaman.

Kaman has only one year remaining on his contract – $12.2 million for the 2011-12 season. He also would provide talent and experience in the low post, while relieving the franchise of a good chunk of the remaining millions on Iguodala’s contract.

On one level the Clippers trade makes sense as they are looking for a three, and Iggy would be a very good fit. But it means convincing Clippers owner Donald Sterling to take on a big free agent contract. Plus, the Clippers will want to think through how Iggy will fit with their young core in the locker room. The Clippers really like their chemistry right now and want to be careful about who is brought in. They already had Barron Davis.

Whatever the deal, look for Iguodala to be in a new uniform next season.

  1. imthearsonist - May 8, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Am I the only Sixers fan who has been hoping for this moment ever since we got Elton Brand? Iggy can’t score efficiently, his basketball IQ is mediocre, and he just doesn’t utilize the talents he has with any of the four coaches he’s been with. He’s a good player on sheer athletic ability, but he’s not the player the Sixers need.

    • edmazeing1 - May 8, 2011 at 3:40 PM

      Welll I will give u richard jefferson for iggy & throw n the red rocket so the money willl match or come close!!!

  2. deenice810 - May 8, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    As Sixers fan for many years I hope they can unload this overpaid
    under acheiving make believe superstar. How can you play in the
    league 7 years and not develop a consistent jump shot or any move
    other than a dunk. I never wanted them to resign him, Josh Smith
    would have been a far better fit. So long Iggy you’ve stole enough
    money here!

  3. drmonkeyarmy - May 8, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    Every time they gave him the ball in tight games down the stretch, I would cringe. Guy can’t shoot and still jacks up jumpers instead of using his supreme athletic ability. I will be glad to see him leave. He wants to be a superstar but doesn’t seem to put in the time in the gym to make it happen. Look at Rose, struggled with his shot and what did he do? Went into the gym every day and worked on the shot until it became consistent. I honestly think Turner can provide what he does and has a larger upside at this point.

  4. eagles512 - May 8, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    Iggy is another Philly athlete that hasn’t gotten the respect he’s deserved because of the idiots on talk radio that only look at his salary and his jump shot and think he sucks. Then the fans jump on the bandwagon. Meanwhile he’s a top 5 defender, unselfish player who fills the box score. Collins loves him. Having said that, I would not be totally against trading him for someone like Gay or Kaman because the Sixers have guys with somewhat similar abilities in Turner and Young and those guys would net a more balanced roster.

    • nfl25 - May 9, 2011 at 2:19 PM

      Philly talk show hosts absolutely brain wash the fans. That’s how the sports talk show hosts get paid, they get people all riled up and they will call in to the show. More people will call in to complain than to just talk about sports. I couldn’t believe the first time I heard a couple of those shows.

  5. eagles512 - May 9, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    You’re right, nfl. And the worst part is, the idiots on the stations around here aren’t even knowledgeable. You can tell they’re just typical bandwagon fans who love to complain and the fans buy in.

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