It's no secret Andre Iguodala is one of the key pieces of the Philadelphia 76ers franchise. And it's also no secret that he's been linked to more trade speculation than just about anyone...ever. Prior to the lockout, the rumors that Iguodala might be headed off to Golden State in exchange for dynamic scorer Monta Ellis were stronger than any other Iguodala rumor to date.
It seemed like only a matter of time before the "Other AI" was playing games on the other side of the country.
Fast forward to the present day, and the only thing keeping a relatively secure lid on the Iguodala trade rumors is the NBA labor dispute, which is preventing everyone in the front office from talking about trading anyone. If the fallout from the NFL lockout was any indication, it's a good bet that once the lockout is lifted, the basketball world is going to be anything but normal—it's going to be chaos.
Doug Collins needs to set a goal now for the Sixers' new management: the Iguodala situation needs to be resolved before the iron curtain lifts and pandemonium ensues. The Sixers need an action plan. It doesn't have to be as dramatic or far-reaching as ones used earlier this summer by the Eagles and the Flyers, but it needs to be in place.
If the team is going to trade Iguodala, they need to have a plan in place to trade him, and that plan needs to be passed along to the coaching staff. Collins needs to be prepared to dedicate additional time to working with Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young—the two players who stand to benefit the most from Iguodala's departure.
The key here is not whether Iguodala plays another game in Philadelphia—it's the decision to definitively resolve this situation and move forward. It's the elimination of a distraction, which is what all of this trade speculation has become for the team. For the Sixers to take the next step, they need to know the status of their star player's situation.
Collins should put that goal atop his offseason to-do list—if he hasn't already.