Trade talk no distraction to Sixers' Iguodala
By BOB COONEY
If all the trade rumors that are swirling around 76ers forward Andre
Iguodala are bothering him, he isn’t letting on.
Or maybe he’s sort of excited at the possibility of a new start.
Iguodala’s name has been one of the big ones mixed in with a bevy of trade rumors, which have him going to Cleveland or Houston or Phoenix, to name a few.
He shook off the speculation again last night and scored 14 points in helping the Sixers to a 101-94 win over the New Orleans Hornets (26-24), who were playing their fourth game without star guard Chris Paul. Paul had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee on Thursday and is expected to miss 4 to 6 weeks.
It was the third straight win for the Sixers (18-31), the first time this season they have accomplished that feat.
"Nah, I haven’t heard about anything," Iguodala said. "I don’t really pay attention. I’ve heard a lot of things, different scenarios, so it’s at the point where if it happens, it happens. I’m just relishing the moment of playing in the NBA."
Iguodala, who is making $12.2 million this season, will have 4 more years remaining on his contract after this season, totaling about $57 million. Suitors seem to be lining up to try to land the forward who is leading the team in scoring at 17.3 a game and assists (5.7), and is second in rebounding at 6.9.
Last night Iguodala also posted nine rebounds and seven assists.
"You think about it but I’m just trying to have fun right now," Iguodala said. "We’re winning games, so I’m just trying to go out there compete and have fun."
Still, concentration must be tough as his days in a Sixers uniform might be numbered. Although being sought after by other teams must be flattering, also