Something has to give. Despite his exceptional defense, freakish athleticism and jaw-dropping play-making ability, the writing on the wall is simply too large to ignore at this point. His seven years of service should be greatly appreciated by 76ers fans, but the fact remains that Andre Iguodala can not—and should not—be a member of the Philadelphia 76ers next season. He clearly doesn't want to be in Philadelphia any longer. Iguodala's quasi-excused absence from his postseason exit interview spoke volumes, even more so than his non-committal answers during his season-ending session with the media. The last time the 76ers had a player who made no secret of his disdain for the organization (Samuel Dalembert), a cloud of negativity surrounded the team for several years until he was finally—mercifully—traded to the Sacramento Kings this past offseason. Many of the team's younger players (Evan Turner, among others) appear to take cues from Iguodala—a fact that should only serve to hasten his departure. The death knell for the Iguodala era was sounded shortly after the final buzzer of the Sixers' first-round series against the Miami Heat. As one of the 76ers' co-captains (and the supposed best player on the team), his lackluster scoring output during the team's five-game playoff run (11.4 PPG) was completely unacceptable.
Why the Iguodala-for-Ellis deal has to happen
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