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Cybulski: Iguodala was almost a Raptor

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James Cybulski
9/12/2012 12:36:08 AM
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Remember those reports last spring that the Toronto Raptors were interested in bringing in Andre Iguodala or Rudy Gay? Raptors fans, desperate for something, salivated at the thought of landing either one of them at the time.

On Tuesday, Raptors president and general manager, Bryan Colangelo, spoke on the Mike Richards Show on TSN 1050 Radio in Toronto, and explained that Iguodala was on the table but price was too steep. 

He wasn't kidding.
 
From what I've been told by an NBA source, the Sixers were eyeing Toronto's eventual first-round pick this summer, Terrence Ross, along with an additional first-round pick, plus  point guard Jose Calderon's expiring contract along with another roster player, believed to be forward Ed Davis.

The Raptors ultimately backed off because Iguodala was unlikely to stay in Toronto long term.  The 28-year-old is set to make $14.7 million this upcoming season, with a player option for $15.9 million in 2013-14. The dollars weren't the issue, but the problem was, there was no guarantee that the Olympic Gold medallist would've cashed in that player option with Canada's lone NBA squad.

Iguodala would've addressed a lot of needs in Toronto - athleticism, defending, and a little star power - but for the price of what would've amounted to a one-year sugar rush, it made about as much sense as betting that the NHL season will start on time.

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Andre Iguodala (Photo: Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

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