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Sixers coach Doug Collins is over in London broadcasting Olympic basketball for NBC. On Friday morning NBC10's Vai Sikahema caught up with Collins to talk about the proposed four-team trade that would ship out Andre Iguodala, Mo Harkless and Nik Vucevic while landing All-Star center Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson. Collins says he will miss Iggy but he's excited to bring in a big-time big man in Bynum.
It was possibly a rude awakening for Andre Iguodala Friday morning in London.
The All-Star swingman likely went to bed Thursday night still believing he was member of the Sixers. Well he woke up Friday likely finding out that his days in Philly were numbered and he is Denver bound as part of a four-team trade that sends Dwight Howard to the Lakers and Andrew Bynum to the Sixers.
Iguodala confirmed the deal was done via Twitter:
“Trade is official. My thanks to Philly and Sixers fans for your support over the last 8 yrs.
“I'm excited to be joining the @denvernuggets and I know my best basketball is ahead of me!
“Now back to the task at hand... #Goin4Gold”
It has to be strange for Iggy to be dealt while preparing for a semifinal Olympic showdown with Argentina.
Sixers coach Doug Collins only hopes the best for Iggy once he returns stateside.
"Our two years together have been very rewarding," Collins told NBC10's Vai Sikahema before Collins went to broadcast the Olympic semifinal games in London. "I'm going to wish him a lot of luck in Denver."
The Sixers also sent a press release confirming the deal was done.
Besides the big names, Orlando would receive Arron Afflalo and Al Harrington from Denver, Nikola Vucevic and Moe Harkless from Philadelphia, and lottery protected first-round picks from each of the three teams.
The Sixers also get Jason Richardson from Orlando.
"We are very excited to welcome Andrew Bynum, one of the league's best, young centers, and Jason Richardson, a proven, respected veteran, to the Philadelphia 76ers," said Managing Owner Josh Harris. "As we stated from the outset, our ownership group is committed to exploring every option available to us in order to improve our team. This trade is the culmination of a very active off-season, one that we believe positions the Sixers for success this season and for many years to come."
Collins is sad to see Iguodala and the other guys go but he is excited to see New Jersey's Bynum come back east.
"We feel like Andrew could be the best offensive low-post center in the NBA," Collins said.
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