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Rumored Lakers trade of Odom for Iguodala dead

Jun 23, 2011, 2:43 PM EDT

Andre Iguodala, David Lee AP

UPDATE June 23, 2:43 pm: While this trade burned up twitter and message boards, it appears to be dead in the water.

Both Kate Fagan of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Ken Berger at CBS are saying it’s done. While the two sides talked it may never have been all that serious.

The other thing to remember: All teams are hesitant to make big money trades until they see the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. You may see smaller draft-day deals, but don’t hold your breath on blockbusters.

June 22, 8:12 pm: At this point, it seems like the big pre-draft trade rumors are starting to combine with one another, but this latest batch of rumors from Sports Illustrated’s Sam Amick makes some sense:

The 76ers are continuing to explore trade options for Andre Iguodala, and league sources said that a deal with the Lakers involving Lamar Odom has been discussed recently.

While it’s unclear whether the deal has real potential or is still alive, it’s yet another sign that the Sixers are determined to land an impact player while improving their salary-cap situation in any trade for their second-leading scorer and top defender. Iguodala is owed a combined $44 million for the next three seasons (including $13.5 million next season), while Odom is set to make $8.9 million next season in the final guaranteed year of his contract…

…Iguodala is in play for Minnesota as well, according to a rival general manager who called the possibility of the Sixers acquiring the No. 2 pick in a package for their 27-year-old swingman “definitely real.” The Timberwolves have been seeking a high-level veteran in exchange for the second selection in Thursday’s draft and other pieces.

Iguodala would give the Lakers more youth on the wing, and would effectively replace the aging Ron Artest, who had a disappointing season last year. Iguodala may have less offensive upside than Derrick Williams does, and would cost a whole lot more, but he’s one of the best perimeter defenders in the league, which could make him worth the #2 pick for the defensively-challenged Timberwolves. He’s also a true small forward, unlike Williams, who is more of a power forward and would overlap with All-Star forward Kevin Love.

Of all the rumors I’ve heard surrounding Iguodala and the #2 pick, these are the ones that seem to make the most sense. We’ll see if the move actually happens soon enough.

  1. SmackSaw - Jun 22, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    Do it Lakers. This would be a good first move by Jim Buss.

    • nfl25 - Jun 23, 2011 at 2:00 PM

      iggy would really help the lakers. iggy doesnt get the credit in philly cuz the team has been bad for so long and he is the best player so he gets the blame. he know the city hates him and he wants out and it shows. but he is a hell of a player, especially if he played with a superstar.

      he cant be the number one option on the team. he creates fro everyone, rebounds and is one of the best when pushing the ball up the court. his jumper sux though

      • aboogy123456 - Jun 23, 2011 at 3:22 PM

        What is every one talking about? The lakers already have two small forwards, and why does every one think ron artest had a bad season last year? I watched every laker game and didn’t just read the box score. Ron artest was their most consistent player in the playoffs last year and he still plays good D and makes big plays when it counts. He’s also a better personality in the locker room than Iggy.

        Why would anyone think this is good? Kurt doesn’t watch basketball I’m convinced, the lakers will improve the small forward position just a little bit and then drastically hurt their bench. Horrible horrible.

        So now because the lakers played their worst basketball of the season in one series and lost to the nba champs it’s time to break it up? Kurt your so wrong. They just need to play some Defense at the point guard position then they win it all next year. Bynums getting better too, ugh.

  2. svallen - Jun 22, 2011 at 9:00 PM

    Iguodala could be a great asset for any team, but are they willing to trade to acquire that contract ( ? Odom is still good, and can effect the game in some manner, but he’s on the back-side of his career. While he is set to make $17.1M over the next 2 years, I think his experience is worth a trade for a team looking to help transition young players into dynamic, great players.

    Source for Odom:

    • aboogy123456 - Jun 23, 2011 at 3:24 PM

      Odom had his best season ever and he’s on the backside of his career? All the laker stars are over 30, it’s time to keep winning now until kobe retires, this would be a bad move.

  3. cosanostra71 - Jun 22, 2011 at 9:03 PM

    I would love for the Lakers to land Iggy… but what would we do with Artest then?

    • palakerfan - Jun 23, 2011 at 9:42 AM

      Trade him for a point guard or PF to replace LO. He definitely wouldn’t be happy coming off the bench, and a healthy Barnes is a suitable backup at the 3.

  4. sknut - Jun 22, 2011 at 9:11 PM

    I may be greedy but I would hope the Sixers would throw in something else, I like Iggy and he would be an upgrade for the Wolves but the two might be a bit much throw in their pick and I like the deal a whole lot more.

  5. egls7 - Jun 22, 2011 at 11:41 PM

    if we got the #2 pick for igoudala, I would declare that: trade rape of the new decade

  6. andyreidisfat - Jun 22, 2011 at 11:48 PM

    If the sixers can get a role player the number 2 from minn. and take D. Williams or that tall foreigner that would be great

    • whatagreatfootballmind - Jun 23, 2011 at 12:02 AM

      they wouldn;t get a role player. they would #2 stright up. no cap restrictions.

  7. 00maltliquor - Jun 23, 2011 at 4:53 AM

    No dice Lakers! I am a big fan of Iggy, but we already got defensive SF’s that can score a lil’ bit and all three collectivly come cheaper than him in Artest, Barnes and Ebanks. And not for the multi-skilled 6th man Odom who has become like family to LA. Plus we already got enough in salary to buy a small island with, why add more? Plus, I really want to see what Ebanks turns out to be given some good, steady, quality minutes.(But we can probably start talking if the 76ers take the contracts of Walton and Blake off our hands!!!)

    • aboogy123456 - Jun 23, 2011 at 8:59 AM

      Thank You! The lakers already have 2 quality defending small forwards. Their front line is thin however and odom played amazing last season, both defensive and offensive. I would be so pissed if the lakers did this, they would at least need a center or pf as part of the deal.

  8. captainwisdom8888 - Jun 23, 2011 at 8:43 AM

    At first glance it may sound crazy, but guys like Iguodala and Lebron can run the point somewhere. Both players possess exceptional passing skills and can guard on the perimeter. Imagine the matchup problems if you were to put 4 larger players around Iguodala or Lebron running the point…

  9. b7p19 - Jun 23, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    As a Sixers fan I love the T-Wolves trade. They’d probably have to take a little salary back with the no. 2 pick, but Iggy for Williams or Kanter is exciting for me. That would be a fun team to watch whenever baseketball returns. (’12-’13?)

  10. ndirishfan1 - Jun 23, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    This would be a very good move for LA–they need speed and athleticism and this would give it to them. Plus, he is an excellent perimeter defender and a good, albeit, not great, offensive option.

    Not sure I’m as sold on this move for the Timberwolves. Why not be patient? Rubio is young, Love is young, Beasley is young… why not add a young piece and keep building from there? No sense trading for a “high-level” guy right now. He may add a few more wins in the short term for the Wolves, but is it worth an extra $10 million in contract per year for the next three years?

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