2011 Philadelphia 76ers: Did Last Season Make Iguodala and Brand Tradable?
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As is the general consensus among 98 percent of 76ers fans, the 2010-11 NBA season was considered a moderate success for the professional basketball team in Philadelphia.
It was, at the very least, a significant improvement and a season that brought both hope and interest back to fans of the franchise.
Are the Philadelphia 76ers, as they stand right now, contenders for an NBA title in 2011-12?
Let us not lose our heads, folks. However, they may not be as terribly far away as some may contend.
For years, the general attitude and opinion among the 76ers fans was, and still is, an extreme desire to purge the team of the contracts of Elton Brand and Andre Iguodala.
For years now, the general attitude is that Brand was as close to un-tradable as a player gets, and that any trade involving Iguodala would involve the 76ers getting deep into another pricey and lengthy contract, and/or an attitude problem in return.
Is it possible that last season has reversed these attitudes? Are Brand and Iggy now tradable?
If they are, can the team get any kind of true value in return, or would a trade of either be bringing more years of cap misery?
Is it enough to simply dump salary? Is simply dumping salary even possible with the cap structure the way it is?
I do, personally, believe there is a market out there for Iguodala. He is certainly not a useless player.
Is his salary a bit bloated? Perhaps it is.
However, one cannot argue that Iguodala doesn't bring many fine qualities to the table. Although at many times in his career, he has been expected to be "the man," the guy is a team player who will do whatever is asked of him.
The Iguodala question may be tied to the fate of Thaddeus Young. If Young finds himself a strong payday through free agency, the 76ers will, more than likely, not want to match it. If that is the case, then perhaps the team would do well to hang on to Iguodala until his contract expires.
Remember folks, this is a guy who is a top five defender at his position, and that may not be giving him the credit he deserves. As you climb the ladder of success in the NBA, it will be more important than ever to have a guy, especially playing the SG or SF position, that can defend a good team's top scorer.
As for Elton Brand, he may not ever be the player that we all hoped he would be when we signed him, but he was a very strong contributor to the team's success last year, and just may have been the best performer in the postseason. Brand took on a more athletic Chris Bosh with every ounce of energy he could muster.
He has, once again, proven himself to be a player of value. He is still a strong rebounder and a capable scorer in the blocks, but is that enough to attract a deal that would make sense for the 76ers?
The problem with the "salary trade" in the NBA is that it may just be the most uncertain thing in sports. The abilities of NBA players, even stars, can fall right off the table from one year to the next, (See Chris Webber and about 9,000 other examples) and with long-term, guaranteed contracts, a franchise could cripple itself for years with one wrong move.
All of this being said, I'd like to know what the community thinks on the subject. I believe these two players to be tradable, but is that what is best for the team?
Again, the right deal obviously is, but what is the right deal?
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