Thursday , Oct , 25 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Why Philadelphia 76ers & Andre Iguodala Haven’t Agreed On Contract Extension

Iguodala’s quest for a contract extension has been ignored by fans, media, and even his own 76er team. This is strange. After Iverson got traded in December, the stat-stuffing swing showed he’s more than a walking highlight reel-becoming one of four players to average at least 18 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds. The other three: Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Tracy McGrady …

Philly.com reports on Andre Iguodala’s contract negotiations with the 76ers:

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. That’s Andre Iguodala’s mantra as the calendar rushes toward Oct. 31.

That’s not only the date of the 76ers’ regular-season opener in Toronto, it’s also the NBA-mandated deadline for a contract extension for the Sixers’ best player.

The two sides have until then to finalize an extension of up to 5 years on Iguodala’s rookie deal. If they can’t work it out by then, they must wait until July 1 to resume talks. At that point, the Sixers would hold a right of first refusal on any offer Iguodala might receive from another team.

My Quick Take: The first A.I., Allen Iverson, was a Philly institution. But the second A.I., Andre Iguodala, gets no love from the city that made brotherly love famous.

Iguodala’s quest for a contract extension has been ignored by fans, media, and even his own 76er team. This is strange. After Iverson got traded in December, the stat-stuffing swing showed he’s more than a walking highlight reel-becoming one of four players to average at least 18 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds. The other three: Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Tracy McGrady.

The October 31st deadline is looming and ‘Iggy’, for some reason, is waiting on an extension. Here’s why:

Philadelphia is saving cap space for the summer. Come July, Chris Webber’s inflated contract finally comes off the books and Aaron Mckie’s deal also expires. The 76ers will be $30 million dollars under the cap and aren’t ready to compromise their newfound flexibility on Iguodala’s extension.

Basketball is no longer a priority for Comcast, the cable conglomerate that owns the 76ers. Fans have stayed away; rumors are flying that Comcast still wants out of the NBA. A big contract, like Iguodala’s extension, makes the team less attractive to potential buyers.

There’s no rush for Philadelphia to sign Iguodala. The 76ers can keep him through the 2008-09 season by tabling a qualifying offer.

Bottom line: Iguodala will likely sign a long-term extension with the club this summer.

                  (This display of aerial acrobatics belongs in Philly)

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