During an interview with 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia (via Sports Radio Interviews), Philadelphia 76ers president Rod Thorn admitted the Orlando Magic could have traded for wing Andre Iguodala.
Thorn said the 76ers had been “been talking to the Lakers and to Orlando for the last three weeks” and “it really came down to, Orlando — they did not want to keep Iguodala because they’re going in a different way.”
Thorn went on to say the Magic wanted to move Iguodala and wound up making a deal with Denver, acquiring guard Arron Afflalo and forward Al Harrington instead.
If the Magic were able to acquire center Andrew Bynum and add Iguodala as his number two, a deal would make sense, but that just wasn’t a realistic possibility.
Iguodala is an excellent defender and a threat offensively and would provide a huge upgrade on the wing, but the Magic are clearly going in a different direction. He’s also due $14,718,250 this season and is scheduled to make $15,904,750 in the following season if he doesn’t exercise his Early Termination Option (Sham Sports).
Had the Magic dealt for Iguodala or Bynum for that matter, they’d be taking a chance since both can become free agents after this season. Plus, Orlando wouldn’t have had the cap room to adequately surround either with the right talent to make a run.
For everyone who is upset the Magic didn’t get better players in return, it wasn’t because they couldn’t, but rather because they didn’t want to, instead choosing to rebuild with cap room and the draft.
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