The last few years for the Sixers have been very frustrating for some diehard basketball fans. Evey year the Sixers have managed to have a dreadful first half then turn it on and make the playoffs as the 7th or 8th seed. It is the endless parade of mediocrity. All this does is screw up the Sixers’ chances of getting into the lottery. It causes them to miss out on some of the elite players coming out of college. In just the last few years, players like Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Tyreke Evans have gone high into the draft. Could you imagine the Sixers with a player like Kevin Durant on their roster?! It would have the foundation of the franchise. The Sixers currently don’t have a player like that.
So the question becomes: should the Sixers blow the team up and trade Andre Iguodala? I believe the answer is yes. Iguodala is a solid player. He averages 17 points a game and has shown flashes of brilliance, but he doesn’t have a complete game. He’s not a very accurate shooter and I certainly don’t want him taking the last shot. He would be an excellent second option, but he needs a superstar around him. I feel that he could be more successful elsewhere. The Sixers could free tons of cap space by trading Iguodala. His contract is very large and if some team will take it, Ed Stefanski needs to make the trade. The Sixers should be able to obtain expiring contract, a draft pick, or maybe even a young player or two. It is rumored that the Sixers could acquire Amar’e Stoudemire and Barbosa from the Suns or Tracy McGrady from the Rockets. The McGrady simply clears cap space. The Amar’e deal is risky because he has a player option for next year then he is a free agent. I’d prefer to keep him in the fold if we were to acquire him.
The Sixers have a good young core to build around. Jrue Holiday, Thaddeus Young, and Mareese Speights are all worth holding onto. Guys like Lou Williams, Willie Green, and Jason Kapono need to go. They’re just wasted roster space. I’d like to see Allen Iverson finish out his career as a Sixer. I’d like to see Dalembert stay because I feel he is playing the best basketball of his career. But if the Amar’e deal is to go through, he would have to go. The Sixers have some decisions to make, but I know certainly know what I would do in this situation.