Some of you may know that I'm a Blazers fan having lived in Portland for a few years and am going to go to grad school there come August, eventually making it my home. But I grew up in Philly, and with the news of the team possibly being sold, it prompted me to come over and see how things are around these parts. Turns out you all seem to be completely wrapped up in getting rid of Andre Igoudala, but at the same time no one likes the options that are out there. As an outsider, here's my take on your situation:
I honestly think you have to take one or the other between Kaman or Ellis as those are pretty much the opitomy of your best options. That is to take a salary dump or try and fix a piece that isn't working in their current situation. It seems this board is hung up on Ellis's points per 100 possesions stat. I tend think that he was playing Nellie ball, and played over 90% of every game he was in during the season, save the last 2 games against teams who were locked into thier playoff spots and thus playing only thier scrubs. Honestly that stat means f*all to me due to the fact that the context of that comparison is so warped. I mean a guard shooting 47% for his career is really good, and as an outsider looking in, the sixers could use someone who fills up the bucket while the emphasis on defense is not quite as high due to Holiday and Turner's ability in those ares. But, if Ellis doesn't make you happy (which I don't give a crap if it does or not) then you have to take a salary dump because no one is giving up a solid building block for a guy who doesn't even fit with your team anymore.
The ideal would be a decent big in return, but they don't grow on trees. If a team has a big that they are paying $12M a year for and it's working out, they aren't going to let go of him. Let's face it, There are plenty of decent 3 spots out there that can be had. If someone is so inclined they could make a play for Wallace (Batum is behind him, which is kind of like a lesser version of your Iggy-Turner dilema) or even make a play at Batum if they want to go younger. You want Aldridge? Good luck with that offer. You'd pretty much have to thown in Holiday just to make the Blazers even listen to you. The Wolves would part with thier #2 pick for the right price, who will most likely be Derrick Williams, ANOTHER SMALL FORWARD. All of those options are more affordable than Iggy. I'm sure there are more that I'm missing (I heard Gay could be had as well, but I honestly don't know how much truth is in that either). Iggy is the lowest hanging fruit at this point, but not by very much. There just aren't many teams who are overloaded with game changers at the 4 or 5. I do think AI2 is a good player, but at some point you have to either roll the dice someone with some warts or take an expiring and try and gamble in the free agent market.
Personally I think Ellis would be a good fit. You would get someone who has to be accounted for on the offensive end. If Collins pulled the trigger I would have to believe he could think he has a chance of reigning the guy in a little and making him play within the system. I do think he would be likely to leave in 2013 as $11M isn't quite what he could get in the market that will be out there, where everyone is opening up thier books for Howard, Paul and Williams. Teams that miss will gladly shell out some buck to save face and Ellis could be taughted as a "next best thing" type of deal. If it's not him then, Captain Ka(ve)man would represent an ideal expiring contract for the Sixers. He fills an immediate need and comes off the books next summer. If you could get thier 2012 1st then that might be something to talk about, but with the age of that team I'm not sure they are going to give up thier first rounder 2 years in a row.
Anyway, the names could change in regards to the deal, but the idea will probably be the same. After shopping Iggy for a year, it seem to me that something along one of these lines is the best you can hope for. So what's it going to be?
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