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Collins and team president Rod Thorn have been nothing but effusive in their praise of Andre Iguodala this year, and with good reason.
Iguodala has battled through nagging injuries to both his right knee and Achilles' to become an All-NBA caliber defender this season. However, his biggest contribution to the team was his willingness to play the "point forward" role—a move that sparked the 76ers' late-season playoff surge.
So while his coaches and his teammates may love Iguodala, he is surely aware that he could be a salary-cap casualty at any moment. The 76ers' front office can spin it however they want, but it will become increasingly more difficult to justify paying $45 million over the next three seasons to a player who averages less than 15 points per game.
Iguodala probably has more trade value than any player on the current roster, and the 76ers will likely need to move him if they want to acquire a legitimate No. 1 scoring option.
Trading the seventh-year swingman shouldn't be too difficult, given his skill set and versatility (he's played every position except center at some point this season). And prior to this year, he has been extremely durable, having missed only six games in six seasons.
With several players on the roster at the wing positions (Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young and Lou Williams), the 76ers have options at the 2 and 3 spots should they decide to cut ties with Iguodala. As much as Collins and the rest of the 76ers' brass may not want to do it, it may be the only way this team can challenge the elite teams in the Eastern Conference.