NBA Offseason: Why the 76ers Should Deal Andre Iguodala for Rudy Gay

Nikhil BaradwajSenior Analyst IJuly 1, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 02:  Rudy Gay #22 of the Memphis Grizzlies drives around Josh Smith #5 of the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on February 2, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  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.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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While the Philadelphia 76ers did make the Conference Semifinals and pushed the Boston Celtics to seven games, it did feel like luck was on their side.

It is hard to believe that this team would have beaten a healthy Bulls team, who was without Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah for the majority of the series.

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.

This is possible because the 76ers' do not have a go-to scorer in crunch time, likely the biggest reason why they could not beat the Celtics in Game 7 of the Conference Semifinals.

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.