NBA Trade Rumors: Would Andre Iguodala for Chris Kaman Put Clippers in Playoffs?

Andy BaileyFeatured ColumnistJune 8, 2011

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 27:  Andre Iguodala #9 of the Philadelphia 76ers walks off the floor during game five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on April 27, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The NBA Finals aren't even over yet and the rumor mill is already churning at a furious pace.  

One name that's bound to be chattered about throughout the offseason is Andre Iguodala of the Philadelphia 76ers (at least that's where he is for the moment).

A couple days ago, news broke that the 76ers were in talks with the Golden State Warriors on a potential deal that would send Monta Ellis to Philadelphia in exchange for Iguodala.  

That deal makes a ton of sense for both teams. For further explanation, go here.

Now, ESPN's Marc Stein has reported that Philadelphia is also talking with the Los Angeles Clippers. The rumored deal would send Iguodala to the Clippers in exchange for former All-Star center Chris Kaman.

Philadelphia is in desperate need of a good big man to complement a host of young guards and wings (Jrue Holiday, Lou Williams, Jodie Meeks, Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young).  

Kaman would not only bring size to the team, but experience as well.

He'd be a significant upgrade over current starting center Spencer Hawes and the team may not miss Iguodala too much as Evan Turner started to show flashes of what he may be capable of at the end of last season.

For the Clippers, this deal is an absolute can't miss. The biggest hole in their lineup is at small forward and losing Kaman isn't a big deal, as DeAndre Jordan played quite well while Kaman was injured for much of last year.

Iguodala would add athleticism to an already athletic and exciting young team. He's one of the best perimeter defenders in the league. And when he plays small forward, he's also one of the best point forwards in the league.

The only forward or wing who averaged more assists per game than Iguodala last season was Miami's LeBron James.

Just imagine the pick-and-rolls between Iguodala and the Clippers sensational young forward Blake Griffin. Those two would be flanked by two very good shooters in Mo Williams and Eric Gordon. And DeAndre Jordan could anchor the defense inside.

That starting five would have a very good chance of finally dragging the Clippers organization out of the mire it's been stuck in for years.

If this Iguodala for Kaman trade goes down, the playoffs might not be far away. I wouldn't be surprised to see them make it as early as 2012.


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