The Inevitable Andre Iguodala for Pau Gasol discussion thread

I give it less than 24 hours after the Sixers are eliminated before this starts up and then becomes the warcry for talk radio and local news until a trade of some kind is made involving either of those two or training camp starts.

The facts:

Andre Iguodala (28, turns 29 in January 2013) ('12-'13 - 14.7 million, '13-'14 - 15.9 million player option) - 12.4 PPG, 5.5 APG, 6.1 RPG, 35.6 MPG, .454 FG%, .394 3P%, .617FT%, 1.7 SPG, 1.9 TOPG, 17.59 PER

Pau Gasol (31, turns 32 in July 2012) ('12-'13 - 19 million, '13-'14 - 19.2 million) - 17.4 PPG, 3.7 APG, 10.4 RPG, 37.4 MPG, .501 FG%, .259 3P%, .782 FT%, 0.6 SPG, 1.4 BPG, 2.2 TOPG, 20.51 PER

The Lakers have backed themselves into a corner personnel wise. The crippling weight of Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum, and Gasol's contracts have crushed any ability the team has to improve through free agency going forward. After getting blasted out of the second round by Oklahoma City, the conventional wisdom is that the Lakers need to reshuffle the deck, and with Bryant being untouchable and Bynum second only to Dwight Howard in terms of valuable big men (and younger than Gasol), it seems fairly obvious the Lakers will look to deal Gasol for pieces to fill out their roster.

This is further bolstered by the fact that Gasol, who was a perfect fit for Phil Jackson and the Triangle, seemed lost at times in Mike Brown's offense.

Rumors dating back to the failed Chris Paul trade of last year had Gasol going to the Rockets for some combination of three out of Kyle Lowry, Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, and Goran Dragic.

So in all likelihood, a Gasol trade for the Sixers would need to include one to two good pieces in addition to Iguodala. Given the Lakers needs, my best guess would be something along the lines of:

Lakers get

SF - Andre Iguodala

F - Thaddeus Young or G Jrue Holiday (one but not both)

F - Lavoy Allen or C - Nikola Vucevic (one but not both)

Sixers get

F/C - Pau Gasol

PF - Josh McRoberts (expiring contract to make the salaries match if it's Young, if it's Holiday, unnecessary piece).

Outside of some type of Iguodala for Kevin Martin, or David Lee, or DeAndre Jordan, or Joe Johnson, or Al Jefferson type swap, this is probably the best chance the Sixers have of remaking their roster next season.

The question is really whether they should pull the trigger, or hold off with one more season of Iguodala/Brand.

One thing's pretty clear. Outside of amnestying Brand and then luring either Roy Hibbert or Eric Gordon away with a max contract (which is probably what it would take to even be a possibility that it doesn't get matched), they aren't doing it through Free Agency. This year's crop is brutal.

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