Brian Windhorst, The Plain Dealer
Since the season started, the Cavaliers have been linked to a seemingly
endless string of names in the trade market, the below-the-surface
entity that dominates front offices these days and obsesses fans.
First there was Stephen Jackson, a player the Cavs tried and failed to
acquire from Golden State in November. Then it was Troy Murphy and
Antawn Jamison, two good-shooting big men who are still very much in
play but seem increasingly unlikely. It was followed by Amare
Stoudemire, where the teams had talked but the interest wasn’t true.
Now comes the next, Andre Iguodala, the current Philadelphia 76ers franchise player who was regarded as untouchable just a year ago but is now the centerpiece of a salary-cap hamstrung team only staying out of last place because of the New Jersey Nets.
First come the facts. According to several league sources, the Cavs and Sixers have been in talks about Iguodala. The talks remain open and it is still possible the Cavs could trade for him, contrary to other reports at the end of the last week. At this point, however, the two sides are just in discussion and have not progressed to the serious stage.
The Sixers are probably at that stage with a lot of teams. Over the last several weeks, when the Sixers actually starting making calls offering Iguodala, some teams were taken off guard. They had not done research into Iguodala because recently it didn’t seem sensible. After all, it was less than two years ago that the Sixers signed Iguodala to a six-year, $80 million deal and hoped he’d mature into an perennial All-Star.