Monday, July 31, 2006

Allen Iverson and Portland

In today's Oregonian, John Canzano suggested that the Blazers should trade Zach Randolph and change to Philly for Allen Iverson. As of now, this deal will never happen. The reason? A man named Chris Webber. Webber and Z-Bo both play PF, and the 76'ers owe Chris roughly 22 million for each of the next two seasons. The fact that Webber is an old man now, combined with his declining skillset and huge contract, will make him very difficult, if not impossible, to trade. The Sixers simply will not commit to having both Z-Bo's and Webber's contracts on the books at the same time, or to having both players on the same team at the same time. Webber will not be very receptive to coming off the bench, and cannot play the 5 because they have lots of long-term money locked in at that position as well after signing Dalembert to a monster extension last summer. It simply makes no sense, fiscal or otherwise, for the Sixers to do this deal. It's an excellent pipe dream that is actually fair to both teams, but it will remain a pipedream until Webber leaves Philladelphia (if he ever does-which I doubt).

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