Andre Iguodala has been the subject of numerous trade rumors dating back to last season. He's spent his entire career in Philadelphia, but the team is heading in a new direction, and many wonder if Iggy's a part of the 76ers future.
Due in part to injuries, he's gotten off to a bit of a slow start. He showed tonight against the Wizards that he may be coming out of his slump. Despite shooting poorly from the field, Iguodala put up 23 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists and played 50 minutes against the Washington Wizards.
He's a great all-around shooting guard. He can finish above the rim, rebound, pass, handle the ball and defend the wing.
If he could stay healthy, adding Iguodala to the Dallas Mavericks could make them serious contenders in the west.
The Deal: The Mavericks get Andre Iguodala, Jodie Meeks and Jason Kapono while the 76ers get Caron Butler, Dominique Jones and DeShawn Stevenson.
Why It Works For Philadelphia: Caron Butler is a great short-term replacement for Iguodala. Plus, he's on an expiring contract. If he doesn't work out for Philly, they can just let him walk at the end of the year.
DeShawn Stevenson is also on an expiring contract, and would be a suitable backup for rookie Evan Turner.
The real steal for Philadelphia is Dominique Jones. He has a lot of potential, and based on his play for Dallas in the preseason we know that he can be a decent scorer right now. He has two years left on his deal, which is the same as Jodie Meeks, who they'd essentially be swapping for him.
The 76ers lineup following this trade would likely read: Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, Caron Butler, Elton Brand and Spencer Hawes.
Why It Works For Dallas: Iguodala turns back the clock on Dallas's title hopes by replacing the 30-year old Caron Butler with 26-year old Andre Iguodala.
Iggy would likely start at shooting guard, once again opening a spot in the starting lineup for Shawn Marion, and moving Jason Terry back to his role as sixth-man.
The Mavericks would feature one of the strongest defensive lineups in the NBA with Jason Kidd, Iguodala, Marion and Tyson Chandler all playing together.
Their bench would also feature strong role players in Jason Terry, Jose Barea, Roddy Beaubois, Jason Kapono and Brendan Haywood.
The Mavericks would take on Kapono, because they could use a back up for Shawn Marion. Jodie Meeks could potentially fill Dominique Jones' shoes.
The team's offense would still revolve around superstar Dirk Nowitzki. While Iguodala might not take a ton of pressure of Nowitzki, he's an upgrade over Butler in several ways. The 76ers may even ask for the Mavericks to include a draft pick as part of a deal like this.
Possible Snags: Obviously, if this kind of deal goes down, it may not happen exactly how I've predicted. However, Caron Butler will absolutely be involved.
One player that the 76ers may insist on receiving is Rodrigue Beaubois. If this is the case, the deal may stall. The Mavericks were clear that they might not even be willing to part with Beaubois as part of a potential sign-and-trade for LeBron James.
The organization is extremely excited about Roddy B's future.
Philadelphia could still go for the deal I've laid out in this article (especially if Dallas includes a draft pick). Dominique Jones has a lot of potential, and Caron Butler and DeShawn Stevenson are both on expiring contracts.
Winning the West: A Dallas lineup with Iguodala would be able to compete with the Los Angeles Lakers as well as anyone in the west.
They have the size up front with Chandler, Haywood and Nowitzki, to get physical with the Lakers bigs. The combination of Marion and Iguodala wouldn't shut down Kobe Bryant, but they'd be more effective than anyone else in at least slowing him down. And the advantage at point guard for Dallas is clear.
I'm not guaranteeing the Lakers would fall to a Mavericks team with Iguodala, but I would probably stop making the guarantee that the Lakers will win the conference title.