Trade talks have been rearing its head during this premature off-season between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Golden State Warriors earlier today.
The centerpieces of the trade includes the six-year pro, Monta Ellis and seven-year pro, Andre Iguadala. When it comes to the money situation all grounds are covered under the current league salary cap. According to ESPN.com, Ellis is owed $11 million per year for the next three seasons, while Iguodala will earn $13.5 million during the 2011-2012 season and that amount will increase $1.2 million in both of the next two seasons.
As far as comparing the two players on their skills, it is undoubtedly a great move for both teams to make because each player would fill a void that they both need. Ellis would give the 76ers what Iguodala could not and that is a STAR who can close the deal when the game is on the line. Ellis is known for being an arrogant "gunner" and a "jack", but those labels have been slowly fading away after he recently married a police woman and started a new life. Ellis seems willing to listen to his head coach and become more of a team player.
With this new found humbleness, Ellis would be a great student under 76ers head coach, Doug Collins, who improved his young Philly team's record from last season by 14 games and led them to the seventh seed in this year's playoffs. Ellis is also a great perimeter defender and is a proven scorer (24.1 points per game this season), who will get his volume of shots with Jrue Holiday (a pass-first point guard) passing him the ball.
As far as Iguodala, he could not be the STAR in Philly because he is not that type of player. He has the skills of a triple-double threat almost every night with points, rebounds and assists. He averaged 11.4 points, 7 rebounds and 6.8 assists a game this season. Iggy would be a great compliment player for a team who has a star already in place or one in the making, which the Warriors have in Stephen Curry. Iggy's passing and rebounding abilities will help a team like Golden State, who prides themselves on getting out in transition at a very fast pace. He also has a 6-foot-6 frame that Ellis does not, which will enlarge the Warriors perimeter defense by three inches.
Philadelphia is in need of a star, and the Warriors of in need of a willing passer and all-around player. This deal is in the discussion process, and hopefully it goes through because both teams need a change of personnel.