IGGY OPTING OUT OF CONTRACT

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
06/15/13 3:15 pm EST

According to multiple reports, former Sixer Andre Iguodala will opt out of his contract with the Denver Nuggets next season to become a free agent.

Iguodala, whose lone all-star season came with the Sixers in 2012, is set to make $16.2 million next season. By opting out, he’ll have the ability to sign a five-year contract with the Nuggets or a four-year deal with another team.

The news is somewhat surprising, considering the Nuggets held a 57-25 record last season. Yet as a No.3 seed in the Western Conference, the Nuggets were upset in the first round of the playoffs by the Golden State Warriors. Their head coach George Karl was fired and their GM Masai Ujiri also left for a job with the Toronto Raptors.

What’s more surprising is the move by Iguodala to decide to take less money in order to have a better shot at an NBA title.

Iguodala averaged 13 points, 5.4 assists and 5.3 assists last season, his first with the Nuggets after arriving in a four-team blockbuster trade from the Philadelphia 76ers that also involved Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum.

The question now is what destinations Iguodala could possibly pursue?  The obvious choice would be for Iguodala to sign with the Cavs who’re in need of an athletic point-forward like Iguodala, but their sights seem to be set on bringing LeBron James back in town.

Another team that could fit for Iggy is the Detroit Pistons who just hired Maurice Cheeks to be their head coach. Cheeks used to coach Iguodala on the Sixers. They could also use a forward of Iguodala’s caliber and they have over $20 million to spend in free-agency this summer. Iguodala teaming up with Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond would wreak havoc defensively on opposing offenses.

Lastly, maybe Kobe Bryant got Iggy on the horn? There’s a lot of talk that Dwight Howard will likely be out of L.A. by summer’s end and Iguodala and Bryant seem to have a good relationship. They’re constantly going back and forth on Twitter and were members of Team USA together last summer. It seems as if Iggy misses the spotlight as well and he’d instantly have that again as a member of the Lakers.

Wherever he decides to go, he will be a valuable asset to any team and as of now it seems like he’ll come at an affordable price tag.



 
 
 

6 Responses to “IGGY OPTING OUT OF CONTRACT”

  1. Jon
    16. June 2013 at 00:30

    I know there’s a lot of talk about him going to Detroit, but I feel like that wouldn’t be the best choice for the Pistons since they kind of lack a perimeter threat. Adding Iguodala would only clog the paint and create less space for Monroe and Drummond to operate.

  2. ken
    16. June 2013 at 01:31

    imagine that lakers team if they sign and trade howard to the clippers and sign iggy a starting lineup of nash Bryant iguodala griffin and pau with artest, blake, and Bledsoe comin off the bench that team looks even better than the suggested laker team of this most recent season. but from what it looks like there are a good amount of teams with cap room that if they sign iggy they will either be title contenders or become title contenders at least 2 years ahead of schedule but of course he has to do it as a role player if you look at all 3 teams that were mentioned he wouldn’t be brought in to be the star he would be there as the awesome 2-3rd option/defensive anchor to the team

  3. EJ
    16. June 2013 at 02:04

    Iguodala will sign with the Pistons for 3yrs/30million,book it.

  4. Steve Toll
    16. June 2013 at 21:31

    Jon,

    Ummmm no

    Ken,

    The Lakers pretty much have $0 for free agents

    EJ,

    Iggy will be signing a 4yr deal

  5. Jake Fischer
    17. June 2013 at 10:27

    Can’t we all just move on from Andre Iguodala? Jeez, he and Elton Brand’s anti-climactic stint set this organization back five years. Forget about this overpaid and overrated shlub.

  6. Steve Toll
    17. June 2013 at 21:06

    Jake,

    Ughhhhhhh, you can’t be serious

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