Saturday , Jun , 25 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Doug Collins: 76ers aren`t shopping Iguodala

I want to sit down and talk to him (Iguodala) and see where his thoughts are," Collins said after Friday’s news conference at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine to introduce first-round draft pick Nikola Vucevic and second-round selection Lavoy Allen of Temple and Pennsbury High. "More importantly, I have shared this with his agent Rob Pelinka: Nobody is out there shopping Dre."


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Doug Collins is saying one thing. His team, however, is doing something different.

The Philadelphia 76ers, with Collins’ approval, have explored trades for former franchise face Andre Iguodala. If possible, they’d have dumped ‘Iggy’ and his big-ticket for a scorer and/or cap relief.

In this economy and with the Collective Bargaining Agreement changing, no team wants the 3-years and $45 million on Iguodala’s contract -including the 76ers.

His stat-stuffing game doesn’t matter. His willingness to sacrifice for others doesn’t matter, either.

The 76ers and Iguodala are stuck with each other. For better. Or for worse.

Collins, bless his heart, is maintaining the front that the 76ers want ‘Dre. According to the personable sideline boss, the club never tried to trade him, either.

To be fair, Collins must walk a fine line. He must support management, who wanted to deal Iguodala. He must also maintain a relationship with Iguodala, who could return for 2011-12.

Bottom line: the 76ers failed to trade Iguodala. Now Collins has to save the relationship.

–Oly Sandor.

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