Monday, June 6, 2011
Sources: Warriors, Sixers talking trade
By Ric Bucher
ESPN The Magazine
The Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers have discussed a trade that would send the Warriors' leading scorer, Monta Ellis, to the 76ers for Andre Iguodala, according to league sources, including one with direct knowledge of Golden State's thinking.
One source stressed that completion of the deal is not imminent but that it has merits for both sides.
The Warriors would beef up their perimeter size and defense with Iguodala, who is 6'6" and 207 pounds and can play shooting guard or small forward. Iguodala would be paired with the 6'3", 185-pound Stephen Curry at point guard and 6'9" small forward Dorell Wright.
The Sixers, meanwhile, would be getting an electric scoring guard in the 6-foot-3, 185-pound Ellis, create an opening at small forward for rookie Evan Turner, and slice some money off their payroll.
Ellis is owed $11 million for each of the next three seasons. Iguodala makes $13.5 million next season and the contract increases by $1.2 million each of the next two years.
Their current salaries are close enough that the swap could be made without any other additional considerations and meet league salary-cap rules.
Ric Bucher is a senior NBA writer for ESPN The Magazine.