If you have been paying even the slightest bit of attention to Sixers basketball since the start, you have undoubtedly heard numerous callings for the trade of the Sixers' franchise player, Andre Iguodala.
Reasons have included his failure to emerge as a legitimate No. 1, his inability to come up big when the game is on the line, his overall inconsistency and his inability to coexist with Sixers' rookie Evan Turner.
All of these reasons are clearly valid and make a ton of sense. The Sixers' highest paid player is Iguodala and his numbers have yet to meet his hefty salary. With or without him, the Sixers are not contenders.
So it begs the question, why not deal him? Why not move Iguodala to free up cap space, perhaps get some younger talent or draft picks and allow Evan Turner to blossom?
Although all of these things could happen, you have to weigh in the possibility of keeping Iguodala and what benefits that would bring. First of all, he has been playing much better basketball as of late. Some point to the fact that he doesn't drop 20 points on a consistent basis like many of his peers in terms of salary, but that is not his game.
Iguodala plays much better when he is stuffing the stat sheet, as opposed to just one column. Iguodala may not get you a ton of 20-point games, but he is definitely good for a 15-point, seven-rebound, eight-assist, two-steal game quite often and those types of games are even more beneficial.
The Sixers also must weigh the fact that Iguodala is a "name" on the national level. His recent exposure, including commercial appearances last year and his appearance for team USA at the World Championships over the summer, is a clear indication that Iguodala is garnering respect nationally.
If he does ever develop into the star that many believed that he could be, the Sixers would be left out when it comes to cashing in on his popularity.
Although the indications point to Iguodala being shipped sometime before the February deadline, do not be surprised to see the Sixers hang on to Iguodala if they are not blown away with an offer.
Knowing Ed Stefanski and Rod Thorn leads me to believe that neither will deal Iguodala unless they feel like the move makes basketball sense and will result in more wins.