NBA Trade Rumors: Andre Iguodala for Monta Ellis Rumor Finally a Reality?

Andy Bailey@@AndrewDBaileyFeatured ColumnistJune 7, 2011

The Andre Iguodala for Monta Ellis trade rumor has been in existence for over a year now.  Every once in a while, it comes to the surface and now there may be some legitimacy to the rumors.

ESPN is now reporting that a source with "direct knowledge of Golden State's thinking" says both teams are talking about the possibility of an Ellis/Iguodala swap.

Perhaps the announcement of Golden State's new coach Mark Jackson has something to do with the heat being turned up on this rumor.  He's already said there will be an emphasis on defense and Andre Iguodala provides that in a big way.

I first wrote about this possibility back in October of 2010, and then revisited it on April 28 of this year. The deal has made sense ever since rumors first emerged right around the time of the 2010 trade deadline.

The team's involved need to quit dancing around this and just pull the trigger already.

The addition of Iguodala to the Warriors eliminates the big disadvantage their backcourt experiences in terms of size.  His defense is a big upgrade over Ellis's and will help make up for Stephen Curry's deficiencies there.

Plus, he could actually make them more dynamic offensively as well.  He can score (averaged over 17 points a game for four straight years) and he's one of the league's best distributing wings (6.3 assists a game last season).

The deal makes sense for Philadelphia too.  They need a go-to scorer, and Ellis can most certainly put up some points.

The trade would also open up the starting small forward role for Evan Turner.

For a more detailed explanation on why this deal makes sense, Go Here.

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