NBA Trade Scenarios, Free Agents 2011: 3 Real Stars to Pair with Andre Iguodala

Posted on August 3, 2011


Andre Iguodala is the center of news when it comes to the Philadelphia 76ers.

But despite all of the talk, Iguodala remains confident and still believes he will be back in a Sixers uniform next season (if there is one).

So why don’t we try and remain on the same page as him?

I always felt and still do feel that Iguodala is an unappreciated character in Philly and I only believe they should trade him for the right price.

But for today’s sake, I wanted to propose ways in order to keep Iguodala and pair with a star. Therefore in any case he will do what he does best– complement.

With another star with the Sixers the duo would be lethal and be great around the young lineup.

Now to be honest, these signings or trades are unlikely to happen, but in my fantasy world of trades they do work out financially and just may have a slim chance down the road.

Danny Granger

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 26: Danny Granger #33 of the Indiana Pacers drives to the basket past Carlos Boozer #5 of the Chicago Bulls in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 26, 2011 in Chicago

Sixers Get: Danny Granger and James Posey

Pacers Get: Elton Brand and Evan Turner

Now as much as I love Evan Turner, I think I would do this deal. That main reason of course being pairing Granger with Iguodala and also getting rid of Brand’s massive contract.

The new lineup would feature Jrue Holiday, Danny Granger, Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes.

That is pretty solid if you ask me. Sure Hawes is not the answer at center, but that would be a problem to fix later on in the process.

The real curve ball is whether or not the Pacers would do this trade. I mean, they do have a young player with a lot of potential in Paul George and they would team him up with Turner. Plus, they have young center Roy Hibbert and young point guard Darren Collison.

That team would easily be built for the next five years.

Rudy Gay

PHOENIX - DECEMBER 08:  Rudy Gay #22 of the Memphis Grizzlies puts up a shot against the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game at US Airways Center on December 8, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloadi

Sixers Get: Rudy Gay

Grizzlies Get: Evan Turner, Lou Williams and Marreese Speights

Once again, I hate to put Turner in a trade scenario to begin with because I honestly believe he will become a star. But, you need to give something to get something.

Before I get into things, I know the Grizzlies came out and said they are not trading Gay, so this is highly unlikely to happen.

Anyway, the Grizzlies have had problems at the two guard this season mainly around the inconsistency of O.J Mayo and that fact that Sam Young and Tony Allen are a liability on offense.

Williams fixes their problem at the two and Turner is the real quality player they get in the deal. Speights is just there to make it work financially plus he has an expiring contract.

The Sixers obviously gain in this by acquiring Gay.

Signing Nene Hilario

DENVER, CO - APRIL 23:  Nene #31 of the Denver Nuggets scores against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Pepsi Center on April 23, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expres

Nene would be a great fit for the Sixers in my opinion.

He is a free agent right now and I think the Sixers should do their best to make room for the center.

Unfortunately, this would be extremely hard to do considering they are not doing good financially and there is very little room to sign a free agent.

However, if the right moves are made to make the deal happen, this is certainly possible. Obviously it would involve getting rid of Brand’s contract.

Maybe I’m enjoying my fantasy world too much…

The Reality

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 27:  Andre Iguodala #9 of the Philadelphia 76ers walks off the floor during game five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on April 27, 2011 in Miami, Florida.

Alright, even after these crazy ideas, chances are none will happen. In fact, if anything happens, Iguodala will be the one traded whether you like it or not.

The thing with the Sixers is that Brand has a huge contract and they are not in good financial shape and are a long way from acquiring someone through free agency.

Turner and Jrue Holiday on the other hand are the only other players who will express interest besides Iguodala. However, I think Holiday is untouchable and Turner is close to it.

Maybe Iguodala is traded, or maybe not at all. But at the end of the day, the Sixers must realize they need to make a move to bring them a step closer in the right direction and turn themselves around financially and as a team.

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