The Clippers and 76ers are discussing a trade that would send Chris Kaman (and more) to Philadelphia for Andre Iguodala, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. Could that be bad news for the Pistons?
When Joe Dumars kept Tayshaun Prince at the trade deadline rather than trading him to the Mavericks for a first-round pick and Caron Butler’s expiring contract, word spread that Dumars believed he could get more in a sign-and-trade of Prince this summer.
I always guessed that sign-and-trade would be for Kaman. Prince, a Compton native, has previously been linked to the Clippers, who need a small forward. And Kaman, for all his shortcomings, will have an expiring contract and provides a much-needed low-post scoring threat.
Plus, for a team to acquire Prince in a sign-and-trade, it must not have the cap room to sign him, have a player with a similar salary the Pistons would want and appeal to Prince. I can’t find another match besides Kaman and the Clippers. If that falls off the table with a Kaman-for-Iguodala trade, Dumars might regret passing on the Mavericks’ trade offer.
P.S. Before you start proposing Iguodala-to-Detroit trades in the comments, please understand that if you realize Iguodala is a valuable player, the 76ers know it, too. Basically, any reasonable trade the Pistons could propose for Iguodala should include Greg Monroe. If you’re not willing to include him, move on.
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