NBA Rumors: Andre Iguodala and 10 Most Underrated Players on the Move

Kristian Winfield@@KrisWinfield_Correspondent IIIJuly 1, 2011

NBA Rumors: Andre Iguodala and 10 Most Underrated Players on the Move

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    It's free agency season again, and this one looks relatively active.

    Players all over the NBA are on the move; some being traded and some opting out of the final year of their contracts. Teams will cash in for their big name superstars, while others get nothing as they watch their players walk. 

    So who's migrating to a new team this offseason?

New York Knicks Knicks Looking to Grab Kurt Thomas

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    The Knicks seem to have an eye on the oldest player in the NBA, Kurt Thomas.

    Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reported:

    "According to a team source, the Knicks intend to make a run at reacquiring Thomas this summer, or whenever the expected NBA lockout ends. The veteran power forward is a free agent who spent last season with the Chicago Bulls and has made it clear that he wants to play at least one more season."

    What will Kurt Thomas bring to New York?

    Well, he knows a lot of players on the Knicks, and he's got some veteran wisdom. It can't hurt, can it?

Detroit Pistons to Move Richard Hamilton

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    It's been a long talked about issue, but the time has finally come when Richard Hamilton has to be moved. And now that rookie sensation Brandon Knight has made his way into a Pistons' uniform, its time for the Pistons to make a move on one of their many guards.

    According to Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News,

    "Knight adds to the logjam in the backcourt with Richard Hamilton, Ben Gordon, Rodney Stuckey and Will Bynum. At times it seemed none was happy with his role or minutes, and the addition of Knight would only seem to complicate matters.

    However, it gives the Pistons some flexibility to decide what to do with those players, and Dumars made a point to say he'll continue to add young talent

    It wasn't a shot at Hamilton per se, but it's no secret Dumars would love to move the Pistons' all-time leading playoff scorer, who's on the downside of his career. The Pistons won't give him away, but they are shopping him."

    From The Detroit News

    If Detroit can pick up a solid power forward for Rip, they might be back to making a short-yet-sweet run to the playoffs. They've got a great set of guards in Knight, Stuckey, Gordon, and Bynum. They just need someone to compliment Greg Monroe.

Nene Opts out of Denver Contract. Where Can He Go?

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    Nene's put in great years for the Nuggets, but the two parties couldn't come to an agreement, so he's gone forever.

    The powerful center could find a home anywhere, especially New York. This one isn't much of a rumor. It's just letting you know Nene's on the market, and you can find him in a local bodega near you.

Tyson Chandler to Hit the Free Agency Market?

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    This one completely baffles me.

    The Dallas Mavericks have yet to speak to Tyson Chandler about re-signing him for next season. They haven't exchanged words since after the Finals!

    According to, "As for Chandler, sources told that there has been minimal conversation between the Mavericks and their defensive anchor about an extension since Dallas won the first championship in franchise history on June 12."

    If Chandler walks, not only will Dallas be short-handed at the center position, but their chances of repeating are almost certainly crushed.

To Deal or Not to Deal. Will the Golden State Warriors Part with Monta Ellis?

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    One of the best pure scorers in the NBA, Monta Ellis, is on the trading block... and then he's not on the trading block. He's made it clear that he wants to be traded, but Ellis has something going on with the new coach, Mark Jackson.

    Whether the Warriors finally choose to deal him or not is out of Jackson's hands, but if Ellis is traded; Golden State could cash in big time, hauling in names like Andre Iguodala to their young back court. Who knows where Ellis could end up.

J.R. Smith Is No Longer Wanted as a Denver Nugget

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    Denver doesn't want J.R. Smith, and J.R. Smith doesn't want Denver.

    It's a Hate-Hate situation.

    J.R. Smith's either shot the Nuggets into or out of a game, and his results don't match his attempts. Coach Georgle Karl said, "He's done" of Smith, and now, since the Nuggets have yet to extend him a contract extension; Smith is, indeed, done.

    There's been much speculation about where he might end up, but the truth is; not many coaches want to take a chance on an immature J.R. Smith. He's got talent and potential through the roof, but they've been waiting for him to grow up since his rookie year.

    I'd personally like to see him in Chicago or off of the Bench for New York, but who knows what could happen.

Dwight Howard Wants out of Orlando

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    Dwight Howard's made it no secret. He doesn't want to be in Orlando anymore. 

    It's the biggest rumor out there.

    Howard refused a two-year contract extension, and while there aren't many official releases saying he wants to be traded; that's the biggest statement of all.

    The biggest trade rumor for Dwight Howard has been the Bynum-Howard swap between the Lakers and the Magic, bringing the two Team USA clowns in Kobe Bryant and Howard together. Another one has been the heavily speculated Atlanta-Orlando trade. But who knows where he'll end up.

    I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Is J.J. Barea Content Elsewhere?

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    J.J. Barea was one of the most integral pieces to the Dallas Mavericks' championship run. Averaging 10.2 points per game in the Finals, Barea used the pick-and-roll to penetrate the lane where he was an excellent decision maker.

    So why leave?

    According to,

    "Mavericks point guard J.J. Barea recently told Primera Hora's Raul Alzaga that even though he would like to return to Dallas, he'd be open to playing in Miami, Los Angeles or New York."

    It doesn't mean much, but knowing that Dallas must re-sign Tyson Chandler and Caron Butler, the feeling of your backup point guard being content with playing elsewhere doesn't help his cause too much.

Lamar Odom and Andre Iguodala Trade. Was It All Just Speculation?

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    There were talks of a straight up trade between the L.A. Lakers and the Philadelphia 76ers for Lamar Odom and Andre Iguodala. But was there even a possibility of that happening?

    According to an article written in the NY Post: "Was there any merit to reported possible Lamar Odom-Luke Walton-Andre Iguodala trade: According to a team official, the 76ers never had a conversation with the Lakers."

    So, it looks as though for the time being, Lamar Odom will remain in purple and yellow.

Andre Iguodala and Blake Griffin? Could It Work?

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    According to, the Sixers are finally ready to part ways with Andre "Iggy" Iguodala, and a team in the discussion is the Los Angeles Clippers.

    "Although it's believed that the trade has not yet advanced past the discussion phase, sources told that the teams have discussed an Iguodala-for-Kaman swap. The Clippers have long maintained that the only scenario that would convince them to part with Kaman -- whose career has been plagued by injuries but who had an All-Star season in 2010 -- is getting an elite small forward in return."

    Putting Iguodala alongside Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, the Clippers would form an extremely athletic and defensive frontcourt to plague the Western Conference. The Clippers will probably have to add another piece with Chris Kaman to "sweeten the deal," but seeing Iggy play with his Team USA counterpart in Griffin would be nothing short of electrifying basketball.