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Berger: Andre Iguodala Trade Rumors

Via CBSSports:

Nuggets may be out on Iguodala ... 

Executives believe the Nuggets have decided they would like to receive the best possible package of young players and are not interested in stopgap options that would hamper their flexibility. Acquiring a high-priced veteran player -- such as Andre Iguodala, whose talent the Nuggets value but not his contract -- would only hurt the team's ability to build around youth while maintaining payroll flexibility into the uncertainty of a new collective bargaining agreement.

... But the Knicks may have interest ...

Rival execs agree that New York would be a logical landing spot for Andre Iguodala, and they believe the Sixers will be more than open to discussing trades for the dynamic but high-priced swingman as the Feb. 24 deadline approaches.

Team president Donnie Walsh would have to decide if, [snip] Iguodala is worth giving up the cap flexibility he's toiled three years to create. Pricetag notwithstanding -- the 26-year-old is due $56.5 million over the next four years -- Iguodala would be an excellent fit for Mike D'Antoni's high-octane offense and would instantly become the best defender on the roster by a mile.

Andre Iguodala rumors have been swirling for the past year or two, yet talks with any team in particular have yet to become serious. His contract and the Sixers asking price seem to be the biggest obstacles.

The Knicks would be an excellent fit for Iguodala because their biggest weakness is Andre's biggest strength (defense), they have enough shooters to compensate for his lack of a jump shot, and D'Antoni's fast-paced offense paired with Iguodala's athleticism is guaranteed to produce an epic highlight reel.

Iguodala would also be the third or fourth option on offense, and the less shots he takes the better – both for him and the good of the team.

It'd be awfully premature to speculate what package the Sixers would receive in return for Iguodala's services, but premature is what I do.

I doubt the Knicks would be Gallinari, so the most logical package I came up with is below:

Knicks Receive

Andre Iguodala

Darius Dongaila

Sixers Receive

Anthony Randolph

Kelenna Azubuike

Eddy Curry

I suppose a pick or two could be thrown in as well. Trading Iguodala for a package where the enigmatic, yet intriguing Anthony Randolph is the centerpiece may seem like pennies on the dollar, but I honestly don't see the Sixers receiving a better offer – from the Knicks or anyone else. 


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