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Will the Sixers trade Iguodala?

Although they were on the floor together for much of the end of the regular season and throughout the playoffs, it appears hard for Andre Iguodala and Evan Turner to coexist on the floor for a significant amount of minutes.

Will the Sixers trade Iguodala?

Can Andre Iguodala and Evan Turner both thrive on the Sixers? (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Can Andre Iguodala and Evan Turner both thrive on the Sixers? (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

This is one of the most frequently asked questions, so we figured we would take some elements of it here.

Although they were on the floor together for much of the end of the regular season and throughout the playoffs, it appears hard for Andre Iguodala and Evan Turner to coexist on the floor for a significant amount of minutes.

Therefore, you would expect to see Iguodala to be dealt during this offseason. But, the Sixers are so hard to play against because of their defense, and that all starts with Iguodala, so you wonder if Doug Collins wants to give up on that. The Sixers were at or near the top of the league defensively all season.

The latest rumblings comes from ESPN.com's Chris Broussard who reports the Sixers are "looking to move" Iguodala. The Warriors again have been mentioned as a possible destination in a report from the Contra Costa Times this week, and Broussard mentions the possibility of a deal with Memphis for Rudy Gay, another trade that was mentioned last year.

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After a strong showing in the playoffs, Iguodala’s status might never be higher. For his part, Iguodala says he will prepare to return to the Sixers -- a better answer than he providing at the end of the playoffs last season. He has been through the trade rumors before and says he knows how it works.

But with two aching knees and a bothersome Achilles’, you have to wonder how much is left in him. He also potentially has an exhausting summer ahead of him. Iguodala is among the players who have been invited to training camp with the U.S. National Team for a spot on the Olympic team. The team begins camp during the first week in July in Las Vegas. After a weeklong camp, Team USA will take part in some exhibition games before the Olympics begin.

Right now, I would say, 60-40 he stays.

Bob Cooney
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Bob Cooney has been at the Daily News for more than 20 years, working in the sports department for the past 15. This is his third season on the Sixers beat. He has covered just about everything, but mostly college basketball, where he was the La Salle beat writer for six seasons. E-mail Bob at cooneyb@phillynews.com and follow him on Twitter.

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