Sixers Notes: Iguodala trade talk: Phoenix, Houston
By Kate Fagan
Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW ORLEANS – The latest trade talk circulating around 76ers swingman
Andre Iguodala has him going with teammate Samuel Dalembert to the
Phoenix Suns for star power forward Amar’e Stoudemire and, possibly,
guard Leandro Barbosa.
According to an NBA source, the two teams have discussed this and other trade scenarios, although there are a few snags with the potential trade. Stoudemire’s contract situation is chief among them.
The NBA’s trade deadline is Feb. 18.
Iguodala has four years and $56 million remaining on his contract; Dalembert will earn $12 million next season, after which his contract expires. Stoudemire’s contract expires at season’s end, but he has a player option to earn $17 million for the 2010-11 season.
The Suns are very interested in Iguodala, according to the source. But are the Sixers interested in acquiring Stoudemire, who may or may not remain with the team past the end of this season?
Contrary to what has become popular belief, the Sixers are not interested in expiring contracts, so this deal would make sense only if there were assurances that Stoudemire – rumored to be balking at the thought of joining the Sixers – would remain another season and then seriously consider re-signing.
The other long-rumored trade scenario involves Iguodala going to the Houston Rockets for Tracy McGrady and his $23 million expiring contract. According to a source close to the situation, talks between the teams have stalled and could accurately be labeled as "sporadic