74 Reasons to Get Excited for the 74th NBA Season: Reason 58

Reason 58: Andre Iguodala trade rumors to pave way for Evan Turner?

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The Philadelphia 76ers have been flirting with the idea of trading guard/forward Andre Iguodala throughout the offseason. Rumors have surfaced about the possibility of Iggy’s departure to a number of teams. It looked as if Iguodala would be dealt to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for the prolific scorer, Monta Ellis. That deal did not get completed, however. The Los Angeles Lakers were also interested in the seven-year veteran from Arizona, presumably for forward Lamar Odom. Other scenarios popped up from time to time, and with no deal made before the NBA locked out, Iguodala still remains a Sixer. He’s been a player that fills up the stat sheet (15.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game for his career), as well as impresses on the defensive end of the court. However, he never really became that number one guy to fill the void Allen Iverson left. He isn’t a terrific scorer, and that’s one of the pieces the Sixers are shorthanded with on their roster. With the possibility of Iggy leaving town, the door is open for Evan Turner to take over the starting role after being drafted with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. Turner often reminds me of a younger version of Iguodala, as both players have similarities in their stature and game. More exposure in the starting lineup could help the young pro develop his game more quickly than what he showed in his rookie season (7.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 0.6 steals per game). Turner isn’t a great shooter yet either, just as Iguodala, but it’s hard to dismiss a 22-year old’s ability who started just 14 games last season. It’s also worth noting that Turner played well in the playoff series against the Miami Heat- averaging 8.0 points and 4.6 rebounds, while shooting 45% from the field in nearly 20 minutes a game. With the NBA lockout still in effect, Iguodala won’t be moved anytime soon. But with two years left on his current contract and a player option for the 2013 season (while earning over $28 million over the next two seasons), the Sixers might pull the trigger soon, opening the door for the former Ohio State Buckeye to shine.

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