76ers Looking To Move Andre Iguodala

Iguodala Could Be On The Move

5/31/12 in NBA   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Jan 10, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers forward Andre Iguodala (9) goes up for a dunk during the first quarter against the Sacramento Kings at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Kings 112-85. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIREAccording to ESPN's Chris Broussard, the Philadelphia 76er's are looking to move their swingman Andre Iguodala. Plenty of team's should be interested in the 28 year old out of the University of Arizona, as he is an incredibly athletic defensive stopper with good court vision. At the age of 23, Iguodala looked like he had star potential, averaging 18.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 5.7 assists, along with 2 steals. However, Iguodala's points have gone down in each of the past four seasons, and he averaged just 12.4 per game this past year. His focus is no longer scoring, but he can still make an impact in other ways, as he averaged 6.1 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 1.7 steals.

The Sixers reportedly believe that Iguodala is slowing the development of point guard Jrue Holiday and guard/forward Evan Turner. The Sixers are crowded at the shooting guard/small forward positions with Iguodala, Turner, Jodie Meeks, Thaddeus Young, and Lou Williams, so it's clear that moving Iguodala would give Evan Turner more minutes and make him more of a focal point in the offense. Iguodala is also a great passer with a good feel for offense, so I'm sure the Sixers are thinking that with him out of the picture, the offense will be able to be run through point guard Jrue Holiday more often. With Turner at the age of 23 and Holiday 21, there's no doubt these players have a lot of room to grow, and if getting rid of Iguodala will help them reach their potential, he's gotta go.

As for who may land Iguodala, Broussard suggests that the Warriors and Lakers are possible trade partners. The Warriors make a lot of sense, as defensive minded coach Mark Jackson would get himself another defensive stopper to help him with his transition to a defense oriented team. The Lakers also could be a good fit, as it would give Kobe the opportunity to play alongside a good all-around player who doesn't need shots to be effective. The final team Broussard mentions is the Grizzlies, whom he believes could give up forward Rudy Gay to land Iguodala. This trade doesn't make sense to me for either team. I think Rudy Gay is a better player, so replacing him with Iguodala seems simply like a downgrade; and for the Sixers, they'd be getting another small forward who will take away minutes from their younger players.

What the Sixers should be looking for is a team with a surplus of big men. Power forward Elton Brand is 32 years old, and center Spencer Hawes is nothing special, so they should really look to improve that front line. They should look to a team like the Utah Jazz, who have big men Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors, and Enes Kanter. They are seriously lacking a good defensive swingman, and Iguodala could fill that void. I'm not saying I think a trade with the Jazz will happen, I'm just saying that they are the kind of team that the Sixers should be looking to negotiate with (lots of big men, no swingman).
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6/1/12   |   derms33   |   17653 respect

well, thats a mistake