NBA Trade Rumors: Top Landing Spots for Andre Iguodala
The Best Player NBA Draft Rumors Are Swirling Around is Andre Iguodala
Did anyone watch how the Philadelphia 76ers took on the Miami Heat in the 2011 NBA Playoffs? Call me stupid, but I firmly believe they never backed down and gave the Heat all they had. Save your arguments, Miami had more trouble with Philadelphia than they did against Chicago or Boston. There are many reasons why all this happened, but I drape most of the honor to Doug Collins and Andre Iguodala.
So why are there trade rumors around the 76ers best player? During the draft it was noted that they were trying to deal and offering AI as trade bait. He is known for being a willing defender and was named to the 2011 2nd team all-defense. What is overlooked is his contributions everywhere. He might not be a dynamic scorer but he did average 14 points six rebounds and six assists this year per game. Add that to his incredible defense and you have a player teams drool over.
There are several landing spots that Iguodala could be at sooner than later.
The Lakers supposedly offered a package for Iguodala that included Lamar Odom. While this seems tempting, If I were Philadelphia I wouldn't touch Lamar Odom with a ten foot pole! He is not the player that AI has become. Iguodala is a better defender and plays with more consistency and heart than Odom. If the Lakers really want him, they must pony up and offer more.
Another rumor swirled with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Would it benefit the 76ers to listen? Of course it would. The Cavaliers can offer up their trade exception and a young blossoming JJ Hickson and Ramon Sessions. This trade benefits both teams and their salary cap. If Iggy wants to leave, why not go to Cleveland? He would get to play with Kyrie Irving and Baron Davis, who would set him up for big moments. Then again, if Iguodala wants to be on a winner, this is not the place he wants to be for a few years. The Cavs are rebuilding heavily and AI is already in his late 20's.
I know that Doug Collins has called Iguodala and told him that the rumors false. The best bet for Iguodala might be to stay in Philadelphia as a young team becomes better each year. The 76ers would love to have him back, but if Iggy is barking about leaving the team needs to realize this and get as much as they can for the guy.
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