Rumor: Philadelphia to draft Evan Turner and trade Andre Iguodala?
Another Western Conference exec uses the word “redundancy” to describe the Turner-Iguodala pairing, since both layers need the ball in their hands to be effective. “There’s not enough floor space for the two of them,” he says. The selection of Turner “might lead them to do commit to trading Iguodala,” he says. Now, that’s an idea.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Two years ago, the Philadelphia 76ers pulled in free agent Elton Brand with a max’ deal and re-signed Andre Iguodala. This inside-outside duo was supposed to change the fortunes of the mediocre 76ers, helping this classic franchise consistently qualify for the playoffs.
Clearly, the plan has failed. And management is now looking to cut costs and clean house.
However, this will be easier said than done.
After all, Brand is unmovable because of his poor play, questionable health, and big ticket salary. New coach Doug Collins has no choice but to help the former 20-10 post rediscover his past form.
So the 76ers are considering drafting athletic swing Evan Turner and trading their current pogo-stick, three-man in Iguodala. Unfortunately, there isn’t much of a market for Iggy, either.
While Iguodala is a good player, he has four years and $55 million remaining on his contract. Few teams, if any, want such a massive financial commitment on their books, especially in a down economy and with the Collective Bargaining Agreement about to change.
Regardless of who they draft, the 76ers are likely stuck with Brand and Iguodala. These two will become Philadelphia fixtures like the Rocky statue and Benjamin Franklin Bridge.
Only the people of Philadelphia won’t see them in quite the same light.
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