It came as no surprise to anyone that the 76ers attempted to trade Iguodala last off season, and even before the trade deadline this season.
The chatter quieted a bit and a deal was never done. Iguodala’s contract being the biggest obstacle, and at the time Iggy was pretty much all the 76ers had. Now, with the emergence of Jrue Holiday, Thaddeus Young and an optimistic performance in the playoffs by Evan Turner, has made Iguodala all the more expendable.
Trading Iguodala could free up a substantial chunk of the 76ers payroll. Now, with labor uncertainty headed our way this off season, no one really knows how figures will match up. One things for sure, the Sixers would love to be able to get rid of Iguodala and his salary.
Iguodala’s post series comments after the 76ers were eliminated by the Miami Heat, only added fuel to the fire.
The number one question is will the Sixers be able to find a suitor? There are teams that could benefit greatly from the presence of Iguodala, especially on the defensive end. However, that leads us back to the upcoming labor problems the NBA will be facing this off season. The NBA could be headed for a work stoppage, which as many NFL fans know, will freeze up actions by every NBA team.
Nonetheless, the Sixers will attempt to trade Iguodala, according to reports from the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Kate Fagan, CBSSports.com and others.
Like I said, it’s no secret, and it hasn’t been for sometime. The question is can the Sixers get a deal done, and are they willing to take on some garbage for a short amount of time, in order to free up some cap space to add the pieces necessary to compete. The Sixers have all the makings of a growing young nucleus, and the Sixers look ready to trim the fat. Giving this young nucleus the best chance possible to grow into a contender in the East.