Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Latest Iguodala trade rumor: Chris Kaman??

Please tell me this rumor is completely made up. According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Sixers and Clippers are discussing a possible Andre Iguodala for Chris Kaman swap. Stein reports that no deal is imminent but the two teams have discussed a possible deal, which could be a one for one swap since their salaries match.

This would be a great deal for the Clippers, who are an up and coming team and could really use a small forward like Iguodala to round out their starting five. As for the Sixers, the deal makes little sense. I know that they are targeting big men but they have to be able to do better than Kaman, who can be best described as oft-injured. While Kaman was an All-Star in 2010, injuries slowed him down last season and he was only able to play in 32 games. The deal would allow the Sixers to shed Iguodala's salary and replace it with Kaman's deal that expires after next season but it really doesn't give them much value on the floor. Is Kaman really that much of an upgrade over Spencer Hawes?

I'm all for the Sixers trading Andre Iguodala as long as they get something of value in return. Shedding Iggy's salary and giving more minutes to Evan Turner and Thad Young are both good things in the long run for the Sixers. Maybe I'm overrating Iguodala but I think the Sixers can do a lot better than an average NBA center. I'd rather they made the Monta Ellis deal than this one, though I'm not a fan of that deal, either.

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