NBA: 10 Possible Destinations for Andre Iguodala Next Season
According to Kate Fagan of the Philadelphia Inquirer, though, Iguodala doesn't quite feel fit for a long-term run of success in coach Doug Collins' plans for the future.
The 27-year-old shooting guard finished off 2010 with rather modest numbers, averaging 14.1 points per game. But he's a proven veteran with great star potential and would be considered very valuable to other teams.
Here are 10 teams that could take a shot at Iguodala via trade.
But nobody can argue against age, and age is starting to stare the 35-year-old Allen square between the two and the zero on his jersey.
His time might not be up quite yet, but Boston has seemingly lost a little bit of luster due to a lack of youthful members on the roster.
Iguodala would not have to take Allen's space right away, but Boston could lock him in this year via trade and utilize Iguodala as impact relief for Allen off the bench.
Eventually, Andre could take over and keep Boston rolling.
New York Knicks
The Knicks are expected to be significantly better in 2011-2012 now that they have Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire in the house, but pundits are still hesitating here early on when reacting to talk of the Knicks becoming a potential Eastern Conference contender.
However, it appears the current stock number of star players it takes to build a championship team is, of course, three.
Iguodala would definitely add that key third dimension to the Knicks' roster.
Current two-guards Anthony Parker and Daniel Gibson are productive and useful players.
Iguodala isn't a superstar by any means, but he's a likable player who has potential to emerge back into All-Star status.
He would be a nice fit in Cleveland, a place that needs a more commanding player at both positions of the starting backcourt.
Plus, Iguodala could play the four spot if he had to; granted, Cleveland would need more of a space-eating center for that to happen.
This could very well be the most influential roster move, in terms of long-term perception, if it went down.
Indiana has a starting five that consists of Darren Collison, Danny Granger, Roy Hibbert and Tyler Hansbrough, but the Pacers' two spot doesn't have the flair the rest of the positions boast.
Paul George and Brandon Rush are the current shooting guards on the roster, and neither of them come close to the overall benefits Iguodala could bring to the team.
If he finds a way to Indiana, this team could become relevant in the Eastern Conference very, very quickly.
This is a similar scenario to the one in Boston, except for the fact that Phoenix is desperate for a big name on the roster.
Steve Nash is now the lone star on the Suns team, which has dipped into a deep pool of mediocrity the past two seasons.
The second most-notable player, shooting guard Grant Hill, is one of the oldest players in the entire league.
Iguodala would be a fresh switch and could play at multiple positions for Phoenix to help gain an extra youthful step back in the right direction.
New Orleans Hornets
The Hornets really need to bulk up the two spot, which is currently held by Marco Belinelli and Willie Green.
Iguodala would enhance the Hornets' frontcourt and make defending Chris Paul significantly more difficult to guard as well.
This would be one of the better fits, for the Hornets and Iguodala both. Not to say Belinelli and Green are necessarily bad players, but they don't command focus from a defense. Chris Paul does.
Things could definitely open up if Iguodala was present in the Hornets' backcourt.
San Antonio Spurs
Since Roger Mason's departure, San Antonio hasn't quite had the effective rotation it had with Manu Ginobili coming off of the bench.
The Spurs need depth, especially considering the fact that their entire roster is aging quickly. They need to lock up some talented, youthful players, and Iguodala would fit right in.
Ginobili would simply go back to his sixth-man role, where he was just as—if not more—enticing.
The Nuggets are actually pretty packed full roster-wise, with talented players like J.R. Smith and Wilson Chandler at the shooting-guard position.
The small-forward position is currently in rather good shape with Danilo Gallinari, who averaged more than 15 points per game this past year.
Iguodala could still fit into Denver's plans to simply recreate some of the scoring and star power left vacant from the Carmelo trade.
Denver would be a deep team, but it could also find ways to rotate Iguodala into the three or two spot. He'd take on a lesser role, but he could make Denver very competitive and hard to deal with.
Portland Trail Blazers
This would possibly involve trading a guy like Wesley Matthews for Iguodala, which would be a pretty neutral move.
But Portland needs scorers, and Brandon Roy was M.I.A. for half of last season.
Iguodala could rotate into the lineup and take some of the pressure off Roy as a sixth man or maybe even pass him.
It's a stretch to ponder such a thing happening, but we all know how crazy trades can get.
This is an easy one to figure out.
Iguodala could fill in at the two spot, where the team currently fields Raja Bell and Gordon Hayward.
Neither of those two guards have been productive enough to be considered locks for the position in 2011. Hayward could develop, but Bell was unproductive at that spot last year.