Sixers Notes: 76ers unlikely to trade Iguodala
As Thursday's NBA trading deadline approaches, the likelihood of the 76ers' trading swingman Andre Iguodala has lessened. One source close to the team indicated that Iguodala was very unlikely to be traded.
As Thursday's NBA trading deadline approaches, the likelihood of the 76ers' trading swingman Andre Iguodala has lessened.
One source close to the team indicated that Iguodala was very unlikely to be traded.
Another source close to negotiations said that "unless they change their position," the Sixers would not be trading Iguodala and are absolutely not looking to shed salary.
After this season, Iguodala has four years and $56 million remaining on his contract, the final season of which is a player option. Iguodala is in his sixth NBA season and is averaging 17.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 5.7 assists a game.
Sixers general manager Ed Stefanski has maintained for weeks that the team would not make a decision based on finances - their 2010-11 payroll is already over the threshold for the luxury tax - only entertaining scenarios that make basketball sense.
According to those close to the team, that philosophy has not changed. One NBA source said that there's no clear indication from Stefanski exactly what deal the Sixers might be looking to make, more of a feeling out on what might be available.
The Sixers enter tonight's game against the Miami Heat, the team's first since the all-star break, with a 20-32 record. Asked if he anticipates still being a Sixer on Friday, the day after the trading deadline, Iguodala said, "Yeah, I think you have to."
Added Iguodala: "You've seen trades go through - we had a teammate get traded, go to the city, fail his physical and then come back, so, anything can happen. All I can do is plan for tomorrow."
In the last month, the Sixers have been linked to trade negotiations involving the Phoenix Suns and forward Amar'e Stoudemire, the Cleveland Cavaliers and center Zydrunas Ilgauskus, the Dallas Mavericks and forward Josh Howard, and the Houston Rockets and swingman Tracy McGrady.
"It depends on what comes in and what goes out," said Sixers power forward Elton Brand of a potential trade. "If it's something that's going to help the squad, then we're trying to build and get better. If it's just dumping salaries or something like that, then it sends a message we're not trying to get better. We'll just see."
Over the weekend, the Mavericks executed a seven-player trade with the Washington Wizards involving Howard and Washington's Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood, the deal essentially removing both teams from further big-time trade scenarios.
Talks between the Suns and Cavaliers have also escalated. The Suns are - according to the NBA source - especially interested in Iguodala and are therefore pushing the idea of a three-team deal that would bring a better-fitting player to the Sixers than Stoudemire, whose low post game does not seem to complement Brand's.
The Rockets' trade chip is McGrady's $23 million expiring contract, but Houston is only interested in dealing McGrady if it involves Iguodala, according to the management source.
The Sixers are not interested in such a deal.
The same source said the Rockets are willing to entertain smaller-scale trade scenarios with the Sixers, those not involving Iguodala or McGrady.