NBA Trade Rumors: Philadelphia 76ers Must Deal Andre Iguodala for Lottery Pick

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistJune 25, 2012

BOSTON, MA - MAY 26:  Andre Iguodala #9 of the Philadelphia 76ers drives to the basket against Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 26, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. The Celtics won 85-75. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Andre Iguodala is not worth anywhere near $30 million, but the 76ers are in line to pay him that much for the next two years.

Instead of paying Iguodala approximately $15 million a year, Philadelphia should explore the idea of trading up in the draft. According to John N. Mitchell of The Philadelphia Inquirer, they may do just that:

The Golden State Warriors, with four picks in the draft (7, 30, 35, and 52), are believed to be interested in adding a veteran small forward capable of playing defense to their starting lineup, and naturally Iguodala's name has come up.

A deal between the Warriors and Sixers would be mutually beneficial.

Golden State would get the defensive-minded, veteran wing they sorely need; Philadelphia would have a chance to grab their go-to post presence.

Let's take a look at what Iggy would bring to Oracle Arena, and why Philadelphia should covet Golden State's No. 7 overall pick.


Defense and Experience

Iguodala is a nine-year veteran. He fills a Golden State need in terms of position, skill level and mentality.

The Warriors have two premier perimeter shooters in Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Inside, they have rebounding machine David Lee as well as Andrew Bogut. That leaves small forward as their only glaring hole.

Philadelphia fans complain that Iguodala is overpaid, and he probably is. But the Warriors are very close to getting over the hump, and he could be the missing link.

His playoff experience and shutdown perimeter defense would be welcome assets to the Warriors' young rotation. He would give young players someone to follow, and he would fit into their fast-paced strategy.

The Warriors can sit at No. 7 and take Andre Drummond, Terrence Jones or Perry Jones III. They're cheaper, and younger, options. But Iguodala can help them win today, and it's the time for Golden State to pursue the "here and now."


Who Could Philadelphia Take at No. 7?

The 76ers reportedly spoke with Andre Drummond weeks ago. He is exactly what Philadelphia needs to succeed in the Eastern Conference.

Philadelphia needs a capable interior presence on both ends of the floor. Spencer Hawes is capable but not spectacular, Elton Brand is overpriced and average and Lavoy Allen is still largely unproven.

Drafting Drummond would immediately inject potential into an otherwise unexciting unit. He is a long-term project, but he has the potential to be the best player in this year's draft.

His athleticism would fit well with the 76ers' scheme, and Doug Collins' no-nonsense approach would force him to to the line. Collins would be able to draw Drummond's potential out by forcing him to work hard on both ends of the floor.

He wouldn't have to play full-time. Splitting minutes with Hawes would allow him to mature at a reasonable pace.

The 76ers have capable perimeter shooters, but they lack a dominant low-post scorer. Drummond isn't there yet, but he certainly could be.

Swapping Iguodala for Golden State's No. 7 selection would be a brilliant move for both sides. Each team is very close to being "ready," and this move could finally put them in position.