NBA Offseason: Why the 76ers Should Deal Andre Iguodala for Rudy Gay
It seems like this group is going to struggle to beat the elite teams in the East and might even become one of those perennial playoff teams that cannot break through.
Instead of trying to find one in the draft or hope one of their players develops into one, Philadelphia should simply propose a Andre Iguodala-Rudy Gay swap, a deal which would likely benefit both sides.
Not only is Memphis trying to avoid paying the luxury tax in the future, but they could use a player like Iguodala in their system.
His ability to do many things above-average gives the Grizzlies a facilitator at the 3, who happens to be one of top perimeter defenders in the league.
A lineup of Conley-Allen-Iguodala-Randolph-Gasol will also be a better lineup in terms of team defense, just because Iguodala makes everyone better on that end of the floor.
On the other side, Rudy Gay is what he is: a scorer. While he is definitively overpaid, Gay gives the 76ers the crunch-time scorer they yearn for.
He averaged 19.0 points and 6.6 rebounds per game on an similarly deep team in Memphis, so we should expect Gay to continue his production.
While Iguodala might be better than Gay in a vacuum, he is not the wing scorer which the 76ers need.
Giving him up for Gay might be risky, due in part to the Memphis' forward's contract and health issues, but this deal could also pay huge dividends for a 76ers team trying to join the elite of the East.
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