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Stein: Clippers, 76ers “discussing” Kaman-Iguodala trade

Jun 8, 2011, 5:47 PM EST

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According to ESPN.com, the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Clippers are “discussing” a trade that would send 76ers swingman Andre Iguodala to the Clippers in exchange for center Chris Kaman.

For the 76ers, the move would be a way to fill a hole and save some money. Iguodala’s contract goes through the 2013/14 season, while Kaman’s contract at the end of next season. Additionally, the 76ers are weak at center. Kaman has been plagued by injuries over the past few seasons, and according to Stein the Clippers have chosen DeAndre Jordan over Kaman as their center of the future, but Kaman is still a very skilled offensive player who can score in the post as well as step out and make mid-range jump shots.

Iguodala wouldn’t help the Clippers, who ranked 25th in three-point percentage last season, space the floor, but he’d be a great fit in other areas. He would immediately give the Clippers’ suspect defense a huge boost, and an Iguodala/Griffin/Jordan frontcourt could very well be the most athletic frontcourt in the history of the league.

Conventional wisdom would suggest that the 76ers would want more talent in return if they’re going to trade a player like Iguodala, but the combination of salary cap relief and a possible solution at center may be enough to entice them to send Iguodala to Los Angeles.

  1. nfl25 - Jun 8, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Iguodala is so underated in philly. if he ever gets on a good team, u will c how good he is. he is not a superstar but if he is on a good team he can be close to it

    • denverhoopdreams - Jun 8, 2011 at 6:29 PM

      Specifically if he gets with an All-Star like Blake Griffin… YEAH, I GOT A TOTAL MAN CRUSH ON GRIFFIN. I’LL ADMIT IT.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 8, 2011 at 7:18 PM

      He is not underrated and Philly. That is a myth. That town just sees him for what he is…a defensive player who should be the 4th offensive option. It is Iggy who, until recently, refused to give the ball up in pressure situations, it was Iggy who said he wanted to be the primary offensive option. He has had years to become a decent offensive player and has failed.

      • barkley4life - Jun 9, 2011 at 11:57 AM

        well said…If i see Iggy shoot another brick foul line jumper at the end of a game my head will explode..hard worker good dude etc etc…but has not improved offensively one bit. Drafter one slot from Loul Deng…Deng has developed his jumped to extend beyond the three point line Iggy has added none of that.

  2. readysethike - Jun 8, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    wow what a steal, especially if this is just a 1 for 1 trade.

  3. kycobb - Jun 8, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    I agree with drmonkey. I live in philly and been a lifelong 76ers fan. We need an offensive threat to plug in. He should have took that over by now. His time in this town is up. We are a young upcoming team and now is the time to move him. That trade for Kaman is not an even trade but he will fill in the void at center and then we can give Evan Turner the green light. I would prefer to sign a free agent center and trade for Monte Ellis.

  4. xxakshunxx - Jun 8, 2011 at 11:26 PM

    living in Philly i can tell you peoples hatred or frustration with Iggy mostly comes down to his contract.. which should be the blame of ownership rather than the players, but thats what happens when your owner cares more about his NHL franchise than anything else

  5. unpossibleproductions - Jun 9, 2011 at 12:30 AM

    Oh trade rumors, you’re rarely right but I love you so!

  6. bittersonicsfan - Jun 9, 2011 at 1:11 AM

    unpossibleproductions

    I love trade rumors too, and this one is juicy. I wouldn’t mind seeing him with Deron Williams. Iggy is cash money and will make almost any team better, not great, but definitely better.

  7. allball23 - Jun 9, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    He is not underated he just can’t carry a team. This would be a steal for the clippers. Iggy would florish with the clippers because he won’t be the main scoring option. The clippers would have a high flying frontcourt

  8. jeffro33 - Jun 9, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    Sixers’ season ticket holder here, one of the few left….

    Anyone thinking that Iguodala is underrated, ask yourself: what do you really expect from a player with a maximum salary??

    His jump shot is atrocious- no spin on the ball, and when there is a little movement, it is sideways. When he rose up to shoot a jumper fans just groaned… People, it is that bad.

    He is a solid, complementary player. To use a word made popular in these NBA Finals, Iggy is more of a ‘distributor’. While he is solid defensively, he is not a stopper.

    Let’s not make more out of Iguodala than what he is, but clearly, we need more in return than Chris Kaman.

    I’m thinking Nene, but am praying that the Monta Ellis rumors hold truth…

    • denverhoopdreams - Jun 9, 2011 at 11:21 AM

      You guys would have to sign, or sign and trade for Nene. However the Nuggets wouldn’t go for Iggy if they weren’t going to have Nene on the team, and we will have Gallo for another year. Just don’t see that happening.

  9. kycobb - Jun 9, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    I agree with Jeffro33 and drmonkey. I live in philadelphia and attend games. He is more if a distributor than s scorer. We dont need that here he had his years to take over this team. I agree that he will make another team better. Not to mention the “underated player” averaged like 10 pts in the last playoff series. If he could atleast give us 25 a game we could have possibly won that series. Lol.

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