According to Chris Broussard of ESPN, the New Orleans Hornets have contacted the Philadelphia 76ers about a possible swap of Peja Stojakovic and Andre Iguodala.
Apparently the Hornets, who are perfect on the season, are in search of another talented wing player to put alongside Chris Paul in New Orleans. They seem eager to use Stojakovic's soon to be expiring contract to acquire a serviceable wing player to compliment their star point guard.
The thing is that the Philadelphia 76ers are in no rush to deal Iguodala, especially not for just an expiring contract. Doug Collins is clearly all about winning. That was quite evident when you noticed his exuberant celebration following the team's win over New York. That fact leads me to believe that Collins and the Sixers are only going to consider dealing Iguodala if they get back players that can help them win immediately.
Therefore, I thought about a possible deal that would benefit the Hornets and Sixers and that would include Iguodala and Stojakovic. It seems that a third team may need to be involved.
One possible team that could help facilitate this deal is the L.A. Clippers. The Clippers seem poised to deal Baron Davis at some point. They may be prone to deal away a number of their big salary guys like Davis and, perhaps, Chris Kaman, if they continue to lose. the Clippers could then just turn over the franchise to Eric Gordon and Blake Griffin.
If you were the Sixers' GM, would you make this deal?
Therefore, I came up with this possible scenario:
Philadelphia Receives: Marcus Thornton and Chris Kaman
New Orleans Receives: Andre Iguodala, Baron Davis and Willie Warren
Los Angeles Receives: David West, Peja Stojakovic and Jason Kapono
This deal would provide Philadelphia with another talented up-and-coming player in Marcus Thornton, as well as the solid center that they so desperately need. They would be able to start a lineup of Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, Andres Nocioni, Elton Brand and Chris Kaman. This would get two relative big contracts in Iguodala's and Kapono's off the books.
The Hornets would succeed in both unloading Stojakovic and obtaining good young talent in Andre Iguodala. They would suffer in losing David West, but they would be gaining a solid and reliable backup point guard in Baron Davis that could prove valuable barring an injury to Paul.
The Clippers would succeed in turning over the franchise, by moving Kaman and Davis, two players that are synonymous with their losing ways. They could play a lineup of Eric Gordon, Blake Griffin and David West, which would be quite exciting. They would also gain a valuable shooter in Jason Kapono, who for some reason has just not been a fit in Philadelphia.
This trade is not being rumored. It is simply one man's suggestion to a trade that could happen, that works monetarily and that make sense in some way for each of these franchises.