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NBA Trade Rumors: 76ers Will Miss Playoffs If Andre Iguodala Isn't Traded
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During the 2012-2013 season, the Philadelphia 76ers are going to look remarkably similar to the squad that beat the Chicago Bulls and then bowed out during the second round of the 2012 NBA playoffs. 

If CSNPhilly's Alex Finger is correct, Andre Iguodala is off the trading block and will remain a member of the Sixers during the next season: 

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 HoopsWorld.com 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.

Even with Iguodala on the roster for the foreseeable future, Sixers fans shouldn't expect to win another playoff series at the end of the next campaign. In fact, they shouldn't even expect to make the playoffs. 

Philly made a number of moves that don't make any sense at all. They were fine when Iggy wasn't guaranteed to remain in town. Now that he is, they're nonsensical. 

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This man's scoring will be missed.

Drafting Maurice Harkless and signing both Nick Young and Dorell Wright were the major moves made by Philadelphia this offseason in an attempt to replace Lou Williams' scoring off the bench. 

However, a young rookie who might one day become an Iguodala clone, a volume shooter who doesn't know what "pass" means and a sharp-shooter who has lost his touch and confidence aren't going to get the job done as they try to replace last year's leading scorer.

Plus, they'll be competing with Iguodala for playing time. 

The Sixers are now looking at a clustered roster that will feature a starting lineup of Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, Andre Iguodala, Spencer Hawes and Kwame Brown.

Somehow, someway, Evan Turner, Royal Ivey, Nick Young, Thaddeus Young, Wright, Harkless, Lavoy Allen and Nikola Vucevic are all going to manage to come off the bench and fill up the rotation. 

That sounds like a recipe for internal strife and potential disaster. 

Unless Brown suddenly lives up to his draft potential, the Sixers didn't improve much at all. They may even be slightly declining until one or more of the many young players breaks out.

Meanwhile, other teams in the Eastern Conference improved quite a bit.

The Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks are all going to be returning to the playoffs, while the Brooklyn Nets are near locks to make it to the postseason in their first season at the Barclays Center.

That's already seven of the eight playoff spots, leaving the Sixers, Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Washington Wizards and Toronto Raptors fighting for the last spot.

Sorry Detroit and Charlotte, but you're not quite there yet.

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I'd bet on the Bucks before the Sixers during this upcoming season. Milwaukee has an established frontcourt to pair with Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings, whom they'll have for a full season now.

Regardless, there are plenty of tough teams in the Eastern Conference who will be battling it out for that last playoff spot.

Unless the Sixers make a major move between now and the trade deadline, they won't be making the postseason in 2013.   

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