By: Steve Kyler
Cross Iguodala Off The List: A number of NBA teams have made inquiries on the availability of Sixers' guard Andre Iguodala in trade and all of them were turned away according to 76ers sources.
The Sixers seem unwilling to entertain trade packages for Iggy according to a source that inquired about him recently, saying the team is exploring other ways to improve. Their stance is Iguodala is still a cornerstone player for the team and not on the market.
Having won five of their last 10 games, the Sixers are creeping up from the basement in the East and sniffing at the 8th seed. As Head Coach Doug Collins explains it, their improvements have been tied to Iguodala's buy-in.
"I think Andre is just starting to really hit his stride," Collins said to The Philadelphia Inquirer. "I really feel he is incredibly engaged with us right now. I think he feels good about what we are trying to get accomplished and where we are headed."
The Sixers have won five of their last seven games against middle tier opponents, but in that span Iguodala has scored an average of 13.4 points per game while grabbing 7.4 rebounds.
On the season Iguodala is averaging 14.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game, while shooting 43.7% from the field and 33.3 % from three-point range.
Iguodala is slated to earn roughly $14.67 million this season and is owed $14.85 million in 2011-2012, $16.04 million in 2012-2013 and has an Early Termination Option in 2013-2014 worth $17.23 million.
Sources close to the situation said the Sixers are more open to adding a player or players to Iguodala rather than trading him.
A glance at the Sixers roster shows a team far more likely to package a couple of their younger players for a serious veteran rather than continuing to try and find playing time for a bench full of second- and third-year players.
15 Million for 14 points and 6 rebounds a game