NBA Trade Speculation: 5 Teams That Andre Iguodala Can Take to the Next Level

Andy Bailey@@AndrewDBaileyFeatured ColumnistAugust 12, 2011

NBA Trade Speculation: 5 Teams That Andre Iguodala Can Take to the Next Level

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    One of the most widely discussed trade targets of the last year has been Philadelphia's point forward Andre Iguodala.

    Some feel his time as a 76er has run its course, and there are a few teams who would certainly be interested in his services if that's true.

    Here are five that I think would be much better with this great defender, passer and finisher...


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Golden State Warriors

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    Golden State needs defense and more size in the backcourt.  Iguodala provides both those things, and a straight-up swap involving him and Monta Ellis works under current salary cap rules.

    Right now, the only major thing Ellis does better than Iguodala is score, and Golden State has plenty of offense with Stephen Curry, Dorrell Wright and David Lee.

    Iguodala would be an upgrade in size, defense, rebounding, distributing and team-first attitude.

Los Angeles Clippers

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    This would be another straight swap (Andre Iguodala for Chris Kaman).  Philadelphia has been interested in adding size, and Los Angeles should be willing to part with Kaman because of DeAndre Jordan's development.

    Iguodala is the second-best point forward in the league right now (his 6.3 assists a game were second only to LeBron James among forwards).  The prospect of watching the pick-and-roll with him and Blake Griffin is exciting.

    On top of that, the overall balance of the Clippers starting five would be great with Iguodala in the lineup.  

    He'd have two great finishers at the basket with Griffin and Jordan and two elite shooters on the perimeter in Mo Williams and Eric Gordon.

    He could average over seven assists a game on this team.

New Jersey Nets

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    The Nets really don't have any legitimate trade chips they can offer Philadelphia, but he would be a nice addition to this team in desperate need of a small forward.

    New Jersey could maybe offer Anthony Morrow, Travis Outlaw and whatever future draft picks they still own.

    A starting five of Deron Williams, Marshon Brooks, Iguodala, Kris Humphries and Brook Lopez could be quite good.

San Antonio Spurs

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    San Antonio may be interested in moving Tony Parker (off-court issues) or Richard Jefferson (on-court issues).

    With Jrue Holiday in place, Philadelphia wouldn't need Parker, but Jefferson might replace a little bit of what the team would be losing in Iguodala's departure.

    Either way, San Antonio would have to pair some young talent with a big contract to get Iguodala.  Tiago Splitter has the potential to be a decent starter and could be an upgrade over Spencer Hawes.

    Iguodala would be a great fit in San Antonio.  With his point forward skills, he'd open things up for scorers like Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan.  

    Plus, his defense would be a huge upgrade over what Richard Jefferson provided.

New York Knicks

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    This is another one that almost certainly wouldn't happen, but it's interesting to speculate.

    Philadelphia doesn't need a point guard, but an expiring contract could be attractive, and that's what Chauncey Billups will be playing on next season.

    Iguodala could play point guard in New York (I know I'm going a little crazy, but just run with it).  A starting five of Iguodala, Landry Fields, Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire and whatever center they find would be very fun to watch.