Tag: Andre Igoudala


One factor in Iguodala rumors: Who owns the team?


Andrea Iguodala is being traded to the Clippers. Or the Warriors. Or the Magic. Or probably 26 other teams who have inquired about the services of one of the best perimeter defenders in the league.

There is an assumption that the Sixers are going to move Iggy. With that, any smart GM would at least call up and get a feel for what might be needed to make a deal work.

But the assumption that Philadelphia wants to move Iguodala may have one flaw — what if the new owner doesn’t want to?

We told you about reports that the Sixers may be sold from Flyers-loving Ed Snider to Joshua Harris, that talks are on going and things can happen soon. As Phil Sheridan said at the Philadelphia Inquirer, that raises a lot of questions.

Getting a new billionaire owner isn’t necessarily a magic solution to a sports franchise’s problems. Ask fans of the NFL team in Washington about that. We don’t know whether Joshua Harris is the next Daniel Snyder or James Dolan or whether he’d be another Mark Cuban or Arthur Blank. We don’t even know whether any of those examples would be the right sort to restore the Sixers to first-class citizenship….

One worry is that he’d see the team as merely another business to strip and flip, although there are NBA rules against downsizing the roster. Another worry is that the team would be just a toy, a vanity project for the 46-year-old Harris until he gets bored with it.

The best case, of course, is that he’s a competitive guy with a mean streak who will do whatever it takes to win a title. It looks as if we’ll find out.

The new owner and the new Collective Bargaining Agreement will have a lot of say about if and where Iguodala is moved. Which is to say, don’t expect anything to happen fast.

Iguodala likes idea of playing with Clippers. Ya think?

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Imagine a fast break coming at you with Andre Iguodala on one wing and Blake Griffin on the other, with Eric Gordon handling the ball and D’Andre Jordan as the trailer into the lane to pick up any garbage.

Rumors of the Clippers and 76ers discussing an Andre Iguodala trade had fans salivating about just how much fun the Clippers would be to watch if that deal went through. And that’s a Clippers lineup we might get to watch deep into the playoffs.

Not shockingly, Andre Iguodala liked the idea of playing next to Blake Griffin too, tweets Marc Stein at ESPN.

Trade-talk addendum: Iguodala loves idea of Clips but source briefed on talks says LAC likely has to sweeten offer to get Philly to bite

Stein gets to the core problem with this deal as it stands — great for the Clippers, not that thrilling for the Sixers.

Kaman would be an upgrade at the center position, when healthy he is a well-rounded big man who can defend, score and is a surprisingly deft passer. When healthy is key, he played just 32 games last season.

Besides, the Sixers wanted a more athletic big. They want to get younger and faster, not older and slower. The Clippers have said they are not trading Jordan, he is their future at center, so the Clips would have to find something else the Sixers really want.

My guess? It’s going to be very unlikely the deal gets done in any form. But man, it’s fun to think about Iguodala on the Clippers.

For the record, there is also a report out there that the Orlando Magic offered Jameer Nelson and Hedo Turkoglu for Iguodala. For the Sixers, that is a much worse offer than just Kaman (they don’t need a point guard and nobody needs Turkoglu). Not going to happen, just letting you know it’s out there.

Ed Snider: Andre Iguodala hasn’t asked to be traded

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Andre Iguodala isn’t sure where he is going to play next year. Well, he said he was looking forward to being back in the NBA, but that’s a little vague.

The Sixers may or may not be that place, but he’s not pushing his way out.

That’s what Ed Snider — the chairman of Comcast-Spectacor that owns the Sixers — told John Gonzalez of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Iguodala probably has read a thousand articles about why we should trade him and why he’s not worth the money. He’s probably hedging his own bet. Don’t forget, after that, he added he wanted to be with the same team his entire career. He’s been put through the ringer by so-called basketball experts and writers. He certainly hasn’t asked to be traded. I think it was an unfortunate interpretation of his words.

I’ll question the unfortunate interpretation part — when you’re that vague rather than saying you want to be back with your teammates you invite speculation — but in the end that is moot. What matters is what other teams would offer for Iggy. The Sixers may test the waters, but they do not need to dive in. They can afford to be patient.

Baseline to Baseline recaps: Andre Iguodala has got it going on. Again.

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What you missed while staring at the earth’s two suns….

The Bulls beating the Heat and the Lakers thumping the Spurs were our two games of the day Sunday. In other action:

Sixers 125, Warriors 117 (OT): Teams often exit Warriors games with gaudy statistics, so we’ll chalk Evan Turner’s 20 points up to that. But Andre Iguodala now has back-to-back triple doubles because he is a stud. A stud with an inconsistent jumper, but a guy who can put up points with the best of them.

Golden State, led by Monta Ellis, fought back from 18 back and forced overtime, but that’s when Turner got hot and dropped 8 of his points.

Pistons 113, Wizards 102: Rodney Stuckey seemed to control this game (he was a +22) and finished with 19 points and 9 assists. Tayshaun Prince had 20 points and looked like guy who a lot of teams could have used around the trade deadline.

Hornets 96 Cavaliers 81: Chris Paul went down in the third quarter in what was one of the scariest moments of the season. While we were thinking about Paul, David West took over and the Hornets went on an 8-0 run the rest of the quarter. They then ran away with the game in the fourth quarter.

Knicks 92, Hawks 79: This was New York’s best defensive performance of the season. Either the Knicks forced or the Hawks settled for a lot of midrange jumpers (maybe a little from column A, a little from column B). The Knicks have had a couple good defensive nights, but mixed in with a couple stinkers, so lets not call it any kind of trend yet, just something worth watching. On the other hand, the Hawks seem capable of beating or losing to anyone on a given night.

Thunder 122, Suns 118 (OT): Vince Carter giveth and Vince Carter taketh away. He hit a ridiculous three to help send the game to overtime. But when fouled taking a three in the final seconds of overtime and the Suns down two, he sank the first free throw then missed the next two, and the Thunder got out with a win.

Grizzlies 104, Mavericks 103: Dallas played about as good a first half as it is capable, and this looked like a blowout. Then Zach Randolph and Mike Conley combined for 24 third quarter points leading the Grizzlies to 41 for the quarter. And we had a ballgame. In the end, it was Dirk hitting what looked like the game winner, then Randolph with what actually turned out to be the game winner (on a very Nowitzki looking shot, a high-arcing deep two with a hand in his face).

We keep telling you — nobody wants a part of the Grizzlies in the playoffs.

Celtics 89, Bucks 83: Celtics fans, it’s not you. Every team that plays the defensively strong but offensively weak Bucks leaves thinking it was an ugly game. This is not exception. The Bucks and Celtics were tied with 2:40 left. But the Celtics executed and outscored the Bucks 7-1 when it mattered most.

Golden State is looking to trade for an elite wing. Good luck with that.

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Warriors’ fans: The most important thing is that they are looking.

Golden State’s ownership is talking trades and looking at brining in a real ace — one true top-flight guy that can anchor the franchise. Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry are both very good, David Lee is nice in the middle, but this team is still at least one big piece away.

What they are looking for is an elite wing player, a source told the Mercury News.

“If Dorell Wright is coming off the bench,” one team source said, “we’re a really good team. That would solve two problems. It would give us the upgrade in talent, and it would bolster our bench significantly.”

The problem: Good luck getting one.

The Warriors would love to bring in Andre Iguodala and get him out and running with Ellis and Curry, according to the story. The problem is, the Sixers are not going to move him as they close in on a playoff spot. Especially not just for the expiring contracts the Warriors have to offer.

Other options the Warriors would consider such as Luol Deng, Josh Smith and Danny Granger also all have the same issue — their teams are not looking to move them. There just aren’t good options for the Warriors.

The one player who is available — Carmelo Anthony — wants to go east and shot down a request by the Warriors to talk trade and extension with him.

Here is where Warrior fans should take heart — they are talking about making a big move. They are saying 20-27 isn’t good enough. This is not the Cohan ownership era anymore, the new owners want to win and will do what it takes to get there.

That is a big improvement. The improvement on the court will follow, eventually, but it couldn’t have happened without a change at the top.