The Philadelphia 76ers continue to explore Andre Iguodala's trade value, and the latest NBA trade rumor has them talking to the Los Angeles Lakers about a swap involving Iguodala and Lamar Odom. The trade is by no means imminent, but Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that it has a lot of traction.
The trade talks between the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers have traction for one simple reason: The exchange of Lamar Odom and Andre Iguodala could provide immense benefits to both teams.
The trade would send Iguodala to the Lakers for Odom and Luke Walton. The 76ers' goal is to sacrifice some long-term money and clear space for other wings like Thaddeus Young and Evan Turner while not losing much in the present, and trading for Odom would seem to satisfy that. Odom has just one year left on his deal and a $2.4 million partial guarantee for 2012/13, while Walton is under contract for just over $11 million through 2012/13. Iguodala has three years and $44 million remaining on his deal.
The Lakers, meanwhile, would covet Iguodala because they want to get younger and because they could use his wing defense in new coach Mike Brown's schemes. Alas, Wojnarowski reports a trade is going to be difficult for Philadelphia to do because they are currently transitioning to new ownership.