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NBA Trade Talk: Why Andre Iguodala Will Be Back in a Sixers' Uniform

MIAMI, FL - MARCH 25:  Guard Andr Iguodala #9 of the Philadelphia Sixers brings up the ball against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on March 25, 2011 in Miami, Florida. The Heat defeated the Sixers 111-99. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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Alec BeckmanContributor IIIJuly 4, 2011

Rumors have swirled about Andre Iguodala, and how he'll be traded to the Golden State Warriors for Monta Ellis, the Los Angeles Clippers for Chris Kaman, or the Memphis Grizzlies for Rudy Gay.  

Get these rumors out of your head, because despite the speculation, there is no rhyme or reason as to why next year he will not be in a Philadelphia 76ers uniform.

Andre Iguodala has been a consistent leader on this team, playing over 36 minutes per game every year past his rookie season.  He has become 76ers coach Doug Collins' "go to guy," as he stated on March 27th.  

Also, when asked about the matter, Collins replied that it was just speculation.  "No one is out there shopping Dre," said 76ers president Rod Thorn, who admitted to talking to other teams, but with no intentions of trading Iguodala.

The obvious response to that is, well, isn't that just coach talk? Isn't that what they have to say? That is a fair reflection, but I'd like you to take away something deeper than that.  You should take this to mean that the Sixers will not trade Iguodala.  

In the past, Rod Thorn has said, "Our weakest position would have to be center. I like Spencer, but he is better as a role player."  The Sixers got their man!  Nikola Vucevic, the Sixers' first pick at No. 16 overall, proves that the team will not be trading Iggy for a center, so what else do they feel they need?  

Evan Turner is the Sixers' potential go-to guy, especially with him working with Philadelphia University Hall of Fame coach Herb Magee on perfecting his shot.  

With the NBA lockout, Iguodala will be another year older, and his trade value will have dropped accordingly; meanwhile, his value to the Sixers will be much higher than what will be offered.

"We will not make a trade, just to make a trade."  The Sixers will never get the value they desire for Andre Iguodala, so wish for what you want, but you will see Andre Iguodala back in a Sixers uniform in the future.

 

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