The Philadelphia 76ers haven't even finished their season yet, and there is already talk about the possibility of moving small forward Andre Iguodala. The Lakers were vulnerable on the perimeter yet again before being eliminated in the Western Conference Playoffs, and it's clear that Metta World Peace is on the downside of his career. Los Angeles could use more versatility and athleticism on the perimeter, and getting a player like Iguodala could greatly upgrade the team on the outside.
However, if the Sixers are eliminated by the Boston Celtics in Game 7, the general consensus around the league is that they’ll try to trade Iguodala this summer. Even with Philadelphia’s recent success, league sources insist that Iguodala is a player who could be moved this offseason if the right offer comes along.
The Lakers, who are looking to shake their roster up this offseason, are expected to once again emerge as a potential suitor for Iguodala. The 28-year-old would be an excellent fit for Los Angeles and solve their problem at small forward. Sources close to the situation say that Kobe Bryant would welcome the move since he has wanted the Lakers to acquire an athletic, versatile small forward for several years.
It isn't the first time Iggy and the Los Angeles Lakers have been circulated to join up. He nearly became a member of the Lakers last year when L.A. tried to trade Lamar Odom to land him (although Philadelphia ultimately turned their back on the deal).
It's likely that Pau Gasol would have to be dealt to get him. Losing Gasol would hurt, but Philadelphia would greatly welcome a strong post presence on a team still learning to flow on offense together. Gasol could be the focal point in the post and hopefully revive his career inside. It could be a mutually beneficial trade for both parties.
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