In the blockbuster trade of the summer, the Denver Nuggets became key role players in the trade and were sent Andre Iguodala from the Philadelphia 76ers. In exchange for the 2012 NBA All-Star and Team USA member, the Nuggets sent away Arron Afflalo and Al Harrington to the Magic.
In a radio interview on 97.5 in Philadelphia on Monday, 76ers President Rod Thorn spoke about the deal and revealed that the trade was made possible for the Nuggets because the Magic were unwilling to take Iguodala.
And then it really came down to, Orlando - they did not want to keep Iguodala because they're going in a different way. And they wanted to move him, and so they talked to a few teams and they ended up making the deal with Denver to move his contract, and that ended up making the deal.
With the 76ers looking to move Iguodala and acquire a center like Andrew Bynum, the sole remaining piece in the trade was to find a deal that would make the Magic happy. With an emphasis on rebuilding for the future, the Magic were more inclined to acquire building blocks like Harrington and Afflalo instead of Iguodala, making the Nuggets a necessary fourth team.
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