NBA Draft 2012: 7 Andre Iguodala Draft-Day Trades for the Philadelphia 76ers
If the Philadelphia 76ers front office knows what it's doing, Andre Iguodala has played his last game in a Sixers uniform.
The Sixers already passed on trading Iguodala after the 2010 FIBA World Championships, where Iggy's on-ball defense helped Team USA bring home a gold medal and boosted his trade value to an all-time high.
Coming off these playoffs, Iguodala's trade value may have hit a new peak. He's coming off a miraculous postseason run with the Sixers in which he hit some unbelievably clutch shots, including the series-clinching free throws against the Chicago Bulls.
Throw in his still-stellar man-on-man defensive abilities as the icing on the cake, and it's clear why the Sixers front office needs to be proactive with Iguodala trade offers. Strike while the iron's hot, right?
Here are a few of the options that the Sixers should pursue with Iguodala this week.
Andre Iguodala and Thaddeus Young for Josh Smith and Marvin Williams
Within minutes of the introduction of new general manager Danny Ferry on Monday, rumors started flying about a near-certain overhaul of the Atlanta Hawks' roster.
Looking past his affinity for 20-foot jumpers, Smith carved out a reputation for being a monster in the realm of fantasy basketball for a reason.
He's a beast on the glass, touts an underrated passing ability and swats shots like a seven-footer.
Marvin Williams may not be the sexiest name out there, but the No. 2 pick in 2005 has carved out a productive career in the NBA as a low-maintenance scorer and a relatively strong defender. Iguodala unquestionably trumps Williams in terms of one-on-one defense, but Williams would fit in well on both ends of the court with the Sixers.
Both Smith and Williams only have one more guaranteed year on their contracts (Williams has a $7.5 million player option in 2013-14, according to HoopsHype), which could give the Sixers a heap of cap flexibility next summer.
Atlanta, on the other hand, gets its chance to blow up the roster and start anew.
Andre Iguodala for Andris Biedrins, Dorell Wright and the No. 7 Pick
Your first reaction upon reading this proposed trade was most likely to cringe. Go ahead.
Realistically, the Sixers aren't likely to get equal value for Iguodala in a trade.
If they gun for a draft pick in the lottery, they'll be forced to absorb a bad contract like Biedrins in return (let's just pray all he needs is a change of scenery and move on).
Wright's not a star by any means, but with an expiring $4.1 million contract next season, acquiring him wouldn't set the franchise back long-term.
He could replace Iguodala in the starting lineup, provided Evan Turner isn't moved to be the starting 3.
The real draw, of course, is the No. 7 pick. Anthony Davis, Bradley Beal, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Harrison Barnes and Thomas Robinson will almost all certainly be off the board by No. 7, but if Portland picks Damian Lillard at No. 6, the ever-tempting Andre Drummond will still be available at No. 7.
Coupled with the No. 15 pick (Perry Jones III? Jared Sullinger?), the Sixers could build their starting frontcourt for the future in one draft.
Meanwhile, Golden State gets the solid wing player they were hunting for this offseason, unloads Biedrins' contract and isn't forced to integrate yet another rookie into a lineup full of youngsters.
Hey, at least I kept Richard Jefferson out of the deal, OK?
Andre Iguodala and No. 15 Pick for Channing Frye, Josh Childress and the No. 13 Pick
Like the previous deal, this shouldn't be seen as a trade that recoups Iguodala's value in terms of talent.
In terms of business, however, it makes perfect sense.
Combined, Childress and Frye will make less money than Iguodala over the next two seasons, assuming Iguodala opts into his $15.9 million player option next summer (he'd be certifiably insane if he didn't).
Of the two, Frye brings more to the table for the Sixers.
At 6'11", he's the stretch 4 they desperately needed in the playoffs this past season, averaging 39 percent from downtown for his career.
Childress hasn't shown much since returning from Europe, but he was a relatively solid player back in his Atlanta days.
The draft pick swap shouldn't mean a huge deal to either team. It's hard to imagine either team currently having their heart set on one particular player, with a plethora of quality big men in the mid-first round.
If anything, it gives the Sixers a bit of insurance in terms of getting the player highest on their board.
Provided that Steve Nash leaves the Valley of the Sun this summer, Iguodala would immediately become the Suns' best player.
That formula never worked well for the Sixers, but paired with Marcin Gortat, the Suns could do worse in terms of rebuilding in the post-Nash era.
Andre Iguodala for Ed Davis, Jose Calderon and the No. 8 Pick
Iguodala's name came up as one of the two known trade targets, alongside Memphis' Rudy Gay.
The trade makes sense for both sides.
Calderon's $10.5 million contract comes off the books after next season, and he could be a stop-gap replacement for Lou Williams, assuming the Sixers don't re-sign him in free agency.
Davis, the No. 13 pick from the 2010 draft, would immediately become the most athletic big man on the Sixers' roster once traded to Philly.
Throw in the No. 8 pick, which could be used to grab a scorer like Dion Waiters or Jeremy Lamb (or center Andre Drummond, if he slides on draft night), and the Sixers improve their long-term outlook, despite a few likely short-term stumbles.
The Raptors, in turn, could plug Iguodala in next to their massive frontcourt of Andrea Bargnani and Jonas Valanciunas, who's expected to come over to the NBA this season.
Their backcourt beyond DeMar DeRozan could use some help, but with around $15 million in cap space to play with this summer, Toronto would have plenty of options in free agency.
Andre Iguodala for Andray Blatche and the No. 3 Pick
Let's get the bad parts of this trade out of the way first.
Yes, Blatche appears to be a headcase.
Yes, Blatche may very well have been one of the roots of the Washington Wizards' losing culture these past few years.
Yes, if he opts into his player option, he'll have three years at roughly $8 million/year left on his contract.
But the Sixers wouldn't be asking Blatche to take over like the Wizards did. With Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young all competing for shots, and a perfectionist like Doug Collins as a coach, Blatche's leash would likely be much shorter in Philly.
Assuming Elton Brand gets amnestied this summer, the Sixers could plug Blatche into the starting lineup and see how he responds.
If he continues loafing on defense, Philly could switch him out with Young or their No. 15 pick in the blink of an eye.
The No. 3 pick would give the Sixers a choice between some combination of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Bradley Beal, Harrison Barnes or Thomas Robinson. At this point, all four appear to be worth dumping Iguodala for, even if it means absorbing Blatche's contract in return.
This trade becomes moot if the Wizards decide to use their amnesty on Blatche and keep the No. 3 pick to themselves.
But if they're looking to escape paying him roughly $25 million over the next three years, they may be willing to pay the price of trading the No. 3 pick, too.
Andre Iguodala for John Salmons and the No. 5 Pick
This, much like the Wizards trade, would essentially be an exchange of Iguodala for a top-five pick and a terrible contract to even things out.
The 32-year-old Salmons, a Philadelphia native, likely wouldn't carve out more than 25-30 minutes a night in the Sixers' rotation.
Realistically, he might not even crack the starting lineup.
On the plus side, his contract only gets cheaper each of the next two years, before a $7 million player option in 2014-15.
The real appeal of this trade, like with Washington, comes with the top-five pick. Anthony Davis, Thomas Robinson and Bradley Beal are near-locks to have been selected by that point, but either Harrison Barnes or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist would be more than a welcome addition to the Sixers' lineup (especially with the No. 15 pick still in tow).
With Tyreke Evans reportedly unhappy playing at the 3, the Kings could now slot Iguodala there, move Evans back to the 2 and bring Marcus Thornton off the bench to play the Manu Ginobili/James Harden instant-offense role for the team.
Peace of mind for one of their top players may very well be worth the No. 5 pick this year.
Andre Iguodala and Lou Williams (Sign-and-Trade) for Pau Gasol and Steve Blake
This one would have to wait until after the draft, when free agency started, so the Sixers could involve Williams in the sign-and-trade.
Since neither side would be swapping draft picks, a pre- or post-draft trade is inconsequential.
The Sixers realistically can't afford to re-sign Williams, a restricted free agent this summer, if they hope to build a championship contender.
They'll ideally look to spend less on a backup point guard this summer, despite Williams having led the team in scoring this past season.
Enter Steve Blake. He won't create his shot like Williams, but he's been a much better three-point shooter than Williams over the course of his career.
And really, no matter Blake's limitations on the defensive end, he can't be that much worse than Williams, can he?
Meanwhile, the Sixers desperately need a scoring presence down low, no matter whether or not they amnesty Elton Brand this summer.
In a "down season" this past year, Gasol averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds despite being the third focal point on offense for the Lakers. Add in Gasol's passing ability—a must-have for a Doug Collins-coached big man—and you have one of the main ingredients the Sixers lacked this past season.
For the Lakers, the backcourt pair of Iguodala and Kobe Bryant could become a nightmare for opponents on both ends of the court. Iggy would give the Lakers one of the premier wing stoppers in the league—aka, Ron Artest, pre-Metta World Peace days—and proved in this year's playoffs that he's capable of knocking down some clutch shots, too.
A "Big Three" of Bryant, Iguodala and Andrew Bynum would give the Lakers one of the most talented trios in the league, and helps further pave a vision for a post-Bryant Lakers.
The replacement of Blake with Williams in a sign-and-trade would give the Lakers some desperately needed scoring off the bench.
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