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Time Is Up in Philadelphia: It's Time For Sixers and Andre Iguodala to Part Ways

PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 30:  Andre Iguodala #9 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks at the scoreboard against the Orlando Magic during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Wachovia Center on April 30, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 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 Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Joe MintzerCorrespondent INovember 10, 2010

Just a few years ago Andre Iguodala looked like a rising star in the NBA. The Philadelphia 76ers saw this and decided to give the man a six-year, $80 million deal. Boy, would that come back to bite them.

Now the 76ers are in a tough situation. Iguodala seems like he is not going to get any better with this team and rookie guard Evan Turner appears to have some real potential after posting a double-double in the first start of his young NBA career. Turner is a more natural shooting guard than Iguodala. He is a very gifted passer with very good fundamentals and great court vision, differing from Andre's more athletic style of play, better fit for a forward.

We all know that trade rumors are always circulating around Iguodala. Teams around the league would love to have an athletic, versatile player like Iggy. He could definitely make a very good complementary player somewhere else in the league. But he is out of place right now with the Sixers. He just is not a superstar. He cannot carry a team on his back the way a true star can.

Not to mention the Sixers are in a rebuilding phase. They are a young team that needs time to develop and grow together. Andre is a veteran who just does not fit in. The core players right now need to be Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, and Thaddeus Young. They are the future leaders of this franchise and they have to develop a chemistry between themselves. Iguodala just isn't as key a player as he used to be. Plus his contract is killing the team. The Sixers need to trade him and wipe that God-awful signing from memory.

A trade would benefit both parties at this point. There is still time for AI2 to resurrect his career. And the Sixers need to get younger and clear up cap space. Ed Stefanski needs to swallow his pride, admit he made a mistake with the Iggy's contract, and trade Andre. In the long run, it will be for the better of the franchise

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