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Andre Iguodala is interested in a future with the Nuggets

Aug 16, 2012, 9:25 PM EDT

Andre Iguodala AP

When you trade for a guy on an expiring contract, there’s always the risk that, much like a date after the first night out, they won’t see a future with you. There’s still a feeling of rejection when someone says they prefer the company of others to your exclusive company. You have to worry about them bolting, leaving you with nothing after all the assets sent out. That was the Magic’s dilemma. They knew they were going to be terrible, and that getting someone to opt-in for more years of awfulness was going to be a sell they couldn’t make.

The Nuggets, though, at least off the bat, don’t have that concern. At his introductory press conference with the Nuggets on Thursday, Andre Iguodala offered up a pretty frank opinion his future. He has a player option for 2013-2014 but there was no “We’ll deal with all that later” from Iguodala. From the Denver Post:

Iguodala made some news at the news conference, admitting that he wants to sign with Denver long-term. He is currently under contract for 2012-13 and has a player option for 2013-14.

“We weren’t coming into this thinking this will be a one-year deal,” Iguodala said.

Denver executives Josh Kroenke and Masai Ujiri were also at the news  conference. Ujiri spoke about how the team would like to lock down “Iggy” to a long-term deal, something he will look into in the coming season.

via Andre Iguodala says he wants a Denver Nuggets contract extension – The Denver Post.

Great, so he can get an extension and he’ll sign it and everyone’s happy! Right?

Not so much. Here’s the thing. The new CBA, under these circumstances, actually does the exact opposite of what it’s intended to do. Instead of creating a system where the logical thing is to opt in with your current team, the CBA makes it where there’s absolutely no incentive for an All-Star caliber player who’s healthy to sign an extension versus entering free agency. At that point, the most lucrative option is to re-sign with the current team, but you still have to get to free agency to get it.

See, the new CBA says that you can re-sign with your team using Bird Rights for five years. You can sign with another team for four. But it also says that an extension can only be granted for four seasons, including those left on the contract. In this instance, Iguodala would sign an extension and be under contract with the Nuggets through 2017. But if he enters free agency, he can get a contract that pays him guaranteed through 2018.

So the guaranteed money is there, and it matters.

Now, Iguodala may forgo that option just to get the thing done. Maybe he’ll do it to reward the Nuggets for their faith in him. Maybe he’ll do it so he can leave sooner but still get paid. There’s no difference in the raise structure between the five-year-max, the four-year-max, and the extension. But it doesn’t change the situation. There’s almost no incentive for Iguodala to sign an extension vs. opting out, and that point, anything can happen, even if the most money can come his way from Denver.

Aren’t you glad we had that lockout now?

(CBA info via Larry Coon’s CBAFAQ)

  1. mojosmagic - Aug 16, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    Iggy is ac10m per year player. Wants a dime more tell him to take a hike.

    • biasedhomer - Aug 16, 2012 at 11:55 PM

      Gerald Wallace, a lesser version of Iggy, is making 10M per year. Iggy will get 12 to 13 mill per year.

      • gmen4life33 - Aug 17, 2012 at 5:23 PM

        Yes, Wallace (a lesser player) got 10 mil per, but that was too much for him. Just because one owner makes a mistake and overpays, that doesnt mean you follow his pay scale and do likewise.

        Nets had to sign Wallace, or they would not be able to justify trading the #6 for him, just as a rental (in a year they were below .500). Trading a lottery pick for a guy for 1/2 a season, when you arent going to make the playoffs? Nets would have been laughed at, and people would have been fired.

        Wallace deserved 7-8, Iggy deserves 9-11 million, depending on years. Dont overpay because Russian playboys are. Nets also traded for the worst contract in NBA, should the Nuggets do the same?

      • biasedhomer - Aug 17, 2012 at 6:06 PM

        Nets set a market value. Iggy and his agent will turn to the Wallace contract. Iggy will likely get that money, be it from the Nuggets or some other team.

      • gmen4life33 - Aug 17, 2012 at 7:11 PM

        Not that simple. Certain teams overpay due to their SITUATION, like I explained earlier for the Nets. They couldnt lose their lottery pick for nothing, needed players to open new arena, and had to persuade D Will, so yea, they overpaid.

        Nuggets (a team that knows what they are doing) wont. There are only so many “Nets” out there, if Iggy can find one, and they have cap room, good for him. But no playoff team will listen to Iggy’s Agent say “Hey Wallace got fair value, we want 5 million more than him.” Not going to happen.

        If Nets dont trade for Wallace, he is playing for less than 8 million per, guaranteed. Better, younger players got less than that this summer. Nets were just in a bad situation.

  2. rickyspanish - Aug 17, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    biasedhomer

    Agreed, Iguodola is going to make a good pay day and rightfully so. George Karl loves athletes who can defend and Iggy is definitely that. The Nuggets are going to be better with hum.

  3. jengibre23 - Aug 17, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    I second that Ricky. I really wanna see iggy and Ty run the break together. Gonna be some throw downs

  4. kvanhorn87 - Aug 17, 2012 at 7:00 AM

    Zero chance Iggy takes a pay cut to stay in Denver.

  5. theboysofdallas - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    He’ll fit in nice

  6. pxeeks - Aug 18, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Star athletes should improve the supporting cast. He never did that in Philly. He was always the same player who took bad shots and never embraced the fans.

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