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Andre Iguodala hasn’t decided about picking up option for next season

Mar 12, 2013, 11:48 AM EDT

Andre Iguodala, Jeff Adrien, Wilson Chandler, Jeffery Taylor AP

At the end of this season, Andre Iguodala can walk away from the Nuggets.

He has an early termination option, he can get out of his deal and become a free agent. He could re-sign a longer deal with the Nuggets. Or he could stay put for another season and make a cool $16.2 million next season then test the market in 2014.

Iguodala told the Denver Post he’s not making a call on any of that until the season is over.

“Obviously, you’re talking to your agent and you’re paying attention to trades, and salary caps that are being opened up through sign and trades and other guys who are in the same position as you,” he said. “It’s in the back of your mind. But as far as making a concrete decision, you really don’t size it up until the season’s over, because we have some opportunities to do some really good things here.”

How the suddenly hot Nuggets do in the playoffs, and how far they think they can go in future years, will play into Iggy’s decision. Denver could well reach the second round of the playoffs, particularly if they can get home court in the first round (it really all comes down to matchups). It’s hard to see them beating the top three in the West, or how they get over that hurdle in the coming years with this roster, but they are a good team.

Iguodala is averaging 12.9 points a game, although his three point shooting has dropped to 31.2 percent shooting this season. But he is key to what Denver wants to do defensively — the Nuggets are 12th in the NBA in points allowed per possession, which is much better than the 20th they were last season.

At age 29, don’t be shocked if Iggy does opt out this summer but then resigns with the Nuggets. He’s going to get one more kick at the can with a big contract, I bet he takes it sooner rather than later.

  1. nodindenver - Mar 12, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    We definitely enjoy watching you play Iggy. It is nice to see some tenacious D on the court again and anybody matching up with the Nuggs come playoff time will have to deal with The Glove 2. Go out tomorrow and shut down Melo!

  2. birdsflynorth206 - Mar 12, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    I hope he opts in. This nuggets team is going to be scary in the playoffs

  3. bougin89 - Mar 12, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Lots of question marks for the Bucks this off-season but if we don’t match Jennings contract, Ellis opts out, etc, etc, we could have some nice cap space and I’d love for the Bucks to make a run at Iggy.

  4. mungman69 - Mar 12, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Well, the Sixers are better off without Iggy. Just kidding.

  5. patfic15 - Mar 12, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Winners of this summers trade.

  6. jssgriffi - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Go back to Philly

  7. dko83 - Mar 13, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    I hope he stays in Denver. Great team, and he plays defense, which is my favorite quality in a player.

  8. austinpaolillo - Mar 16, 2013 at 6:18 AM

    We want you in Minnesota!

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