By Marc Stein
Amid increasing signals that the Philadelphia 76ers
are finally prepared to deal Andre Iguodala
after years of trade speculation, another potential swap has surfaced that would send the swingman to the Los Angeles Clippers
for center Chris Kaman
, sources with knowledge of the discussions told ESPN.com.
Although it's believed that the trade has not yet advanced past the discussion phase, sources told ESPN.com that the Sixers and Clippers have discussed an Iguodala-for-Kaman swap.
The Clippers have long maintained that the only scenario that would convince them to part with Kaman -- whose career has been plagued by injuries but who had an All-Star season in 2010 -- is getting an elite small forward in return.
Iguodala's athleticism and defensive skills would figure to mesh well alongside star power forward Blake Griffin
and young center DeAndre Jordan
. The Clippers are determined to keep Jordan over Kaman as their center of the future as Jordan heads for restricted free agency.
But it appears that the Sixers are weighing various trade possibilities as they gauge the market for Iguodala. Earlier this week, ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher reported that the Sixers and Golden State Warriors
have likewise discussed a trade that would swap Monta Ellis
Trade talk generally picks up leaguewide at this time every year, as the NBA draft approaches, but sources say that the Sixers could well delay any trade until after the completion of the team's potential sale from Comcast-Spectacor to a group headed by New York-based leveraged buyout specialist Joshua Harris, as reported Tuesday by ESPN.com's Henry Abbott.
In both cases -- Iguodala for Kaman or Iguodala for Ellis -- current salaries for the players involved are close enough that the swap could be made without adding additional players to the deal to satisfy current salary-cap requirements.
Iguodala and Kaman are both represented by agent Rob Pelinka.
Marc Stein is a senior NBA writer for ESPN.com.