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Thursday, February 4, 2010
Seller's market for Sixers?

By Tim MacMahon

DALLAS -- The odds don't appear good that the Andre Iguodala will end up in Dallas.

ESPN.com's Chad Ford reports in an Insider column that the Philadelphia 76ers are in talks with two teams about trades that would package center Samuel Dalembert with Iguodala.

From Ford:
A source told ESPN.com on Wednesday that the Houston Rockets have recently renewed discussions with the 76ers about a deal involving Iguodala and Dalembert for the expiring contract of Tracy McGrady. ... [T]he Suns have also entered the mix, offering Amare Stoudemire for Iguodala and Dalembert. The Cavs and Dallas Mavericks have explored Iguodala deals as well.

Dalembert could be a deal-breaker for the Mavs. While he might be a nice fit for the Mavs' roster, he has a big contract that runs through next season and includes a 15-percent trade kicker.

Mark Cuban is willing to take on salary to make the Mavs better, but Iguodala's deal (four year, $56 million) would test the billionaire's financial pain threshold. Adding Dalembert would be too much, a source told ESPNDallas.com last week.

Of course, Cuban acknowledged Wednesday night that he's more inclined to make a trade now than he was a week ago.

Another factor with Philly: Ford reports that the Sixers are determined to get talent back in such a deal, not just expiring contracts. In the Mavs' case, that likely means rookie Rodrigue Beaubois, a favorite of Cuban's.