Happy NBA Draft Day folks! Last year, the buzz surrounding the Sixers centered on who the team would take with the No. 2 overall pick. This year, the focus is whether or not a staple of the organization will be a Sixer tomorrow morning.
Since before the season ended, rumors surrounding a possible trade of shooting guard Andre Iguodala have dominated team talk (and that whole "imminent sale of the Sixers" thing of course). Monta Ellis was the first big name we heard from the rumor mill, shortly followed by Chris Kaman. Now, Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated is reporting that league sources have mentioned a possible deal being discussed for Lakers power forward Lamar Odom.
Amick goes into detail about what it would take to make the deal happen:
The deal would have to include another Lakers player in order to work under salary-cap rules. One of the sources said the Lakers might include small forward Ron Artest, who will be paid $21.7 million over the next three seasons and has an early-termination option for 2013-14.
Could you imagine? All of a sudden, Lamar Odom and Ron Artest (THIS Ron Artest) on your Philadelphia 76ers? I would say that something like this is a longshot, but with the way that the Sixers have actively been shopping Iggy, I suppose anything is possible at this point.
Odom will enter the final year of his contract with the Lakers next season, making just under $9 million. With the NBA's painful salary cap rules, the Sixers and Lakers can't make a straight-up swap involving him and Iguodala, because Iggy makes $13.5 million next season. This is why Artest's name (or another Laker) would have to be thrown into the mix.
On top of all of this, the Sixers would also be trading for Odom's wife, Khloe Kardashian (the one who is in no way, shape, or form what anyone would consider "physically attractive"). I hate the Kardashian's about as much as I love Kim's ass. Having Khloe in Philadelphia for the next year, accompanied by her awful reality show, will annoy and fascinate me (and you) all at the same time.
I'm starting to twitch…
The Odom rumors should be taken with a grain of salt. I don't know how seriously you should take the following blurb either. Amick threw this in at the end of his piece:
Iguodala is in play for Minnesota as well, according to a rival general manager who called the possibility of the Sixers acquiring the No. 2 pick in a package for their 27-year-old swingman "definitely real."
While it would be exciting for the team to have the No. 2 pick for the second year in a row, I'm not salivating over this year's draft class, and I'm not sure trading up is the answer for the Sixers. Having said that… I would probably still take it.
Like I've said in the past, it's time to turn the page on Andre Iguodala. Any half-reasonable move involving his departure, in my opinion, would be a step forward. It's hard to say if Iggy will be a Sixer tomorrow morning, but the possibility that he wears another uniform next season (or whenever they resume play) is more likely than ever.
With a potential NBA Lockout looming the team's brass knows that if they are going to make a move, there is no better time than now. It is the driving force behind how actively the Sixers are shopping Iguodala right now.