NBA Trade Rumors: 76ers Wrong to Remove Andre Iguodala from Trading Block

Adam FromalNational NBA Featured ColumnistAugust 3, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 31:  Andre Iguodala #9 of United States looks on while taking on Tunisia during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Basketball Arena on July 31, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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NBA trade rumors just don't feel complete if Andre Iguodala isn't involved somehow. If there's a list of players on the trading block, the talented swingman for the Philadelphia 76ers is always present. 

According to CSNPhilly's John Finger, that might not be the case any longer: 

Actually, it appears as if Collins and Iguodala are going to be together for the foreseeable future in Philadelphia, too.

According to a source, a trade involving Iguodala “won’t happen” during the off-season. As a result of that, the Sixers’ off-season tinkering to their roster is complete and aside from a few free agents who get invitations to training camp, the team is set.

Moreover, a report on indicates that the Sixers are actually building the team around Iguodala and that if any move is to come regarding the Olympian, it would be in the distant future.

After all of the moves the Sixers made during the offseason, this piece of news doesn't really make much sense. It's seemed as though everything has been leading toward an inevitable Iggy trade, but that is no longer the case, if Finger's source is correct. 

Philly used its top pick in the 2012 NBA draft to select Maurice Harkless, a swingman out of St. John's who might develop into an Iguodala-type player. They also traded for Dorell Wright, a sharpshooting small forward, and signed Nick Young, a ball-hogging 2-guard who can play small forward. 

Did they move Thaddeus Young or any of the other forwards or shooting guards on the roster? Is Evan Turner still present and waiting for an opportunity to break out? No, and yes. 

All of this should be leading to a move that swaps Iguodala for some talent that isn't between 6'4" and 6'8", but now that's not going to happen. 

As long as Iguodala is the No. 1 player on the roster, this team isn't going to win a title, no matter how deep they may be. He's much more of a Robin than a Batman. 

If the Sixers are trying to build around Iguodala, how is that any different than what they've been doing over the last few years? 

Sometimes, it's best to know when to call it quits and start over. With the Sixers, that time should be now.