In this column from the NBA draft on Thursday night, I wondered what the 76ers were going to do with all the similar players they seem to enjoy collecting on their roster. The next-to-last paragraph read this way:
“The feeling here is that one of those duplications will be calling a real estate agent soon and his name is Andre Iguodala. Otherwise, the selection of (Moe) Harkless doesn’t make much sense.”
Well, what do you know? In the Friday edition of Philadelphia Business Journal, right there on page 30, among the high-end real estate transactions, is the news that Iguodala has sold his house on the Main Line for $1.25 million.
The Villanova home had been listed for sale for some time, according to selling agent Michael Becker of Prudential Fox & Roach, and Iguodala had been leasing it to other tenants during the sale process. So, it’s not like Iguodala got a phone call from the Sixers on Monday and started making plans. The sale went through in mid-May while Iguodala and the Sixers were still busy with the Boston Celtics in the second round of the playoffs.
“I never met him,” Becker said. “It was all done through his agent. All I can tell you is that he wanted to sell the house.”
The five-bedroom, six-bathroom custom-built home was completed for Iguodala in 2008. He sold it for a bargain. Comparable listings in the area average approximately $1.6 million, which was the Iguodala’s original asking price for the property. Maybe he just wants to travel lighter, or live in town, or downsize from a property that cost him $28,000 in taxes in 2011. In any case, Iguodala is divesting himself of his Philadelphia holdings and that could be a strong indication he doesn’t expect to be around much longer.
The Sixers drafted Harkless, a small forward from St. John’s, who not only plays the same position as Iguodala, but he has very similar attributes – quick to the rim, a decent handle on the ball, not much outside shooting.
It’s true that Harkless is young, just 19 years old, and will probably not transition into the regular playing rotation right away. It’s also true, however, that the Sixers are toying with the idea of giving Evan Turner more minutes at the wing position, something that will open up space for the drop-dead perimeter shooter the team hopes to acquire either through free agency or trade.
And if someone arrives in trade, someone has to leave. We won’t know the identity of that someone until it happens. But someone just sold a house.