Sixers' GM: No untouchables
Inquirer Staff Writer
When Ed Stefanski was asked yesterday about reports that have swingman
Andre Iguodala involved in possible trades, the 76ers president and
general manager did not rule out anything.
"I won’t talk about trades or rumors," said Stefanski, who formerly was
the general manager of the New Jersey Nets. "I will say that we’re very
active in talking to teams throughout the league, and we’re listening
to any option to improve the basketball team. When I was in Jersey, and
here, I don’t think there are untouchables.
"Anyone can get traded in this league, and we’ve seen it over and over. But we don’t trade a player unless we get value back, basketball-wise."
Iguodala, who turned 26 yesterday, has been linked to a deal that would bring Tracy McGrady and his expiring $23 million contract to Philadelphia. More recently, ESPN.com. reported that the Sixers and the Cleveland Cavaliers were talking about Iguodala.
After the Sixers practiced yesterday at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Iguodala didn’t appear to be fazed by the situation.
"You get asked about it by family and friends," he said. ‘What’s going on?’ ‘What can happen?’ There are a lot of different scenarios that can come up, and 95 percent of them are just rumors. I think the most important thing is, wherever you are at that moment in time, you’d better give 100 percent of your time and focus on the job you have."
Iguodala, who first was asked about the trade rumors Wednesday before the Sixers dropped a 91-88 decision to the Bucks in Milwaukee, said then that the team’s lackluster performance made everybody vulnerable to changes.