Somebody get me out of Philly
Ever since the first rumors surfaced of Andre Iguodala becoming available oh so many months ago, Warriors fans have been discussing a possible trade involving Monta Ellis. Well, it looks like the Warriors new-look front office are talking about that very trade with the Sixers. Jump to find out more!
According to Ric Bucher at ESPN:
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.
The arguments for and against a possible Monta, don't-call-me-Iggy swap have been presented time and time again in the comments section of this very site, but I'm sure this bit of news will (and already has) spark the debate anew. Personally I'd love to see a deal that would both bolster our perimeter defense and provide better balance (no more Monta isolations) on the offensive side of the ball. It's a move that would seem to fit in with Mark Jackson's goal of shaping this roster into a tough defensive team that creates fast break opportunities.
As far as the details of the deal, well, there aren't many. Although, from the looks of Bucher's report, this may be one of those time when simpler is better.
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.
Looks like a one for one deal would fix the Warriors size issues in the backcourt, and provide the Sixers with some salary relief and an electrifying player for Philly fans to turn on in a year or so. Wow, what an exciting day for Warriors fans. If you haven't already, let us know how you feel about the Warriors hiring Mark Jackson as head coach in Evanz' poll. And of course let your voice be heard in the following poll and in the comments section here.