Andre Iguodala: Why the Philadelphia 76ers Should Consider Dealing Him

Ray BoydContributor INovember 19, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 27: Andre Iguodala #9 of the Philadelphia 76ers in action during the game against the Miami Heat at the Wells Fargo Center on October 27, 2010 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 Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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Okay, so things seem to be pretty cut and dry with the Philadelphia 76ers. They are 2-10 in the first 12 games of the Doug Collins era. They are struggling to play consistent ball on both sides of the floor and struggling to find that one or two players that can come through every night.

Some nights it's been Jrue Holiday. Sometimes Louis Williams, Thaddeus Young, Evan Turner, or Elton Brand. The man that the Sixers brass and the majority of the fan base expect to be that star every night is Andre Iguodala and thus far, that has not been the case.

Granted, Iguodala has dealt with some nagging injuries coming off a summer where he did not get very much rest due to playing with team USA. He has also looked good in flashes this season but has not been the consistent leader that the Sixers need.

All of these circumstances have brought about questions about his future in Philadelphia. Some say that Iguodala wants to get to a winning franchise and many believe that he will only maximize his potential as a team's No. 2 or No. 3 option, not the No. 1. The Sixers fan base seems to be somewhat on the fence.

Many want him dealt on the grounds that he is not productive enough considering his contract and that he is stunting Evan Turner's growth. A few however seem a little hesitant to let him go.

Not to say what the Sixers should do with Iguodala, because frankly I'm still on the fence.

But if they do decide to deal him, it needs to happen before it is too late.

The reason's are simple. Iguodala is struggling this season and considering his low production and injuries, his trade value is clearly descending. Several teams have shown interest and the Sixers need to decide soon if they are going to move on to try to maximize what they get for Iguodala.

They need two things. The Sixers have to look to acquire draft picks and bigs. If they can pull off some sort of deal to get both, that would be fantastic. There are several teams that will give up a decent pick for Iguodala if they feel like he is the missing piece. Alongside a good shooter, Iguodala could be very effective in the mold of a poor man's Scottie Pippen.

The bottom line is that if the team is going to get rid of another A.I. they need to do it sooner rather than later. If they want to get the Evan Turner era underway, why wait?

Although Iguodala, Holiday, and Turner would make an interesting trio down the road, it is looking more and more like they may not get the chance.