by Sam Riches / @sam_riches

After the Philadelphia 76ers were eliminated in the first round of the Playoffs by the Miami Heat, Andre Iguodala was asked if he expected to remain with the team next season—he coldly responded with, “I expect to be in the NBA.”

Iguodala then went on to miss his exit interview with Coach Doug Collins and the Sixers’ management, and when Draft night came, his name was constantly included in trade speculation.

But it now appears that the seven-year veteran is ready to put the trade rumors to rest and move forward with the team.

From CSN Philadelphia:

“‘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.’

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Trade rumors about Iguodala have become common place for the past couple years but he no longer believes that he is going to be moved.

‘I can’t say I would be surprised, because I wouldn’t be surprised, but I am not expecting it to happen,’ he said.

His actions would also suggest he believes he will remain a Sixer. He met with head coach Doug Collins the week leading up to the lockout.

‘We met for about ten minutes going back and forth on how the team can improve,’ he said. ‘You know Doug is a really good seller, so he did a good job on telling me where we are going to next and his vision for where the team will be next year.’