We’re back on this roller coaster again, aren’t we? With trade talk running rampant throughout the summer surrounding Andre Iguodala, he arrived for a basketball camp in Philly where he spoke with CSN Philly’s Dei Lynam.
Here are a couple of quotes from the article (the full article can be found here):
“I definitely enjoy being here,” Iguodala said at a local basketball camp on Saturday. “Evan [Turner] and I were speaking late last night. We had a really good conversation about how we can really play well together, how we can make each other better so we are looking forward to next year. We even talked about what we were going to do after practice next year. So I am definitely looking forward to improving myself and playing ball.”
“I am just happy to be in this position that when the season starts back up to be on a roster. Where do I want to be? It would be great to be back with the young guys along with Elton Brand and I think we have room to pick up a free agent, so it will be an exciting next year.”
So, what do we make of all this? He apparently skipped his exit interview for a “doctor’s appointment”. But, he apparently met with Doug Collins for 10 minutes to go over what to work on over the lockout period. And now, this. So what’s going on?
I think we can safely say that, despite the denials by the current front office, Iguodala was clearly being shopped. And it’s not the first time. For a player, that’s rough. And as I’ve said before, Andre has been given a rough deal here in Philly, as fans clearly do not appreciate what he brings to the table.
Given that, I can’t say for sure that I believe him when he says he’s happy being a 76er. What I would believe is that he’s happy with his coaches and teammates. He bought into Doug’s system and seems to have embraced his role as a leader on the team alongside Elton Brand. He also seems to like his teammates, especially Jrue and Evan, which would be very important if they plan on all being in Philadelphia for a while.
The league is still locked out and will be for a while, so a resolution to this situation cannot come until then. But unlike before, where we thought he would be gone almost as soon as the lockout ended, we now have no idea where he’ll be. Add in the new ownership variable, and we have no idea what’s going on. Again.