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Report: Andre Iguodala decides to opt out of final year of contract to enter free agency

Jun 14, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

Denver Nuggets Andre Iguodala reacts against the Golden State Warriors during Game 6 of their NBA Western Conference quarter-final playoff basketball game in Oakland Reuters

It has always been a distinct possibility that Nuggets forward Andre Iguodala would choose to opt out of the final year of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent.

The offseason moves of the front office in Denver, which included firing Coach of the Year George Karl and parting ways with Executive of the Year Masi Ujiri, likely made his decision that much easier.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

Denver Nuggets forward Andre Iguodala has decided to opt out of the final year of his contract and enter free agency, Yahoo! Sports has learned.

Iguodala, 29, promises to be one of the most desired players on the summer market. His agent, Rob Pelinka, informed Denver CEO Josh Kroenke of the plan in a meeting on Thursday in Los Angeles.

“We are fully aware of Andre’s intentions and he’s well aware of how much we want him back,” Kroenke told Yahoo! Sports Friday afternoon. “Andre us a huge priority for our organization.”

Iguodala stated as recently as the end of March that this was the plan, and while he would let the playoffs have some influence over whether or not he’d play out the final year of a deal that would have paid him $15.9 million next season, it wouldn’t have been the most prudent move financially.

Even though his next contract will start at less than what he was slated to earn next season, signing a multi-year deal now guarantees Iguodala much more money in the future.

Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, he can sign a four-year deal with a new team, or get an extra year by choosing to stay with the Nuggets. Had he not chosen to opt out, Iguodala would only have been eligible for a three-year extension.

Iguodala will be coveted, but it’s a relatively crowded free agent class, especially if the big names decide to truly test the market. Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, and Josh Smith are among the guys Iguodala will be competing with for the dollars available under the salary cap.

It’ll be interesting to see what effect if any all of the recent changes in Denver have on the team’s ability to retain Iguodala, and whether or not the Nuggets will come up with the right amount of cash to retain his services.

Iguodala averaged 13 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game in Denver last season, but his athleticism and ability to defend on the wing are the assets that will have several teams interested in him beginning July 1.

  1. patfic15 - Jun 14, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Sign with a winner Iggy. Don’t take the money and run to a place that can afford you buy little else. If Celts buy out Pierce, Boston could be a solid destination. Assumming Doc and KG stay.

  2. jhuck92 - Jun 14, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    VERY smart move by Iggy to take a lifeboat off of this titanic disaster. He should easily find a contending team willing to take him with his abilities.

    • spursareold - Jun 14, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      I’m guessing that San Antonio will be calling about 12:01 AM on the morning free agency starts.

    • rushbacker - Jun 14, 2013 at 5:01 PM

      Titanic? I really wish people would just stop with the drama queen BS. We’ll see about Iggy (and he’s NOT worth a max deal, BTW), but the rest of the roster remains intact, and if Iggy does leave, it’ll free up money for the Nugs to be active in free agency. If a coach like Lionel Hollins is hired, there’s absolutely no reason that the Nugs shouldn’t be back in the playoffs next year. Possibly with an actual chance of doing some damage, if it’s with a coach who won’t start a 6’8″ guy at center against a 7 footer.

      • badintent - Jun 15, 2013 at 2:14 AM

        Well spoken.Denver is only one piece away from the being the Best in the West.Another year of playing together and they will only get better if kept intact. They did lead the NBA in points in the paint.The Lakers with 2 7 footers couldn’t do that.

  3. notoriousjebus - Jun 14, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Have to agree. I can’t understand how ownership decided it was a good idea to fire the head coach and let the GM, who happened to win executive of the year, walk too. Say hello the new nuggets, who next season will be known as Bobcats version 2.0

    • spursareold - Jun 14, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      The GM could do what he wanted, because his contract expired, but firing a HOF coach who made definite lemonade out of a motley roster of lemons and got the 3rd seed just isn’t smart. If he wanted an extension, GIVE HIM ONE.

      • mjacobs45 - Jun 14, 2013 at 4:50 PM

        $16 million for a guy who averages 13-4-4? The Nuggets (like the Sixers) are probably saying “Whew…see ya Iggy!”

  4. sellahh - Jun 14, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Might be a little off the topic but…
    George Karl was overrated, look how many first round exits he has. Nuggets dropped 3 games out of 41 at home during reg season. They dropped two in the first round…
    Nuggets are very deep but Masai Uijri (had to check the spelling, damn) also got lucky because Knicks allowed a daylight robbery in the Melo trade. What other brilliant moves did he make? Nene for McGee? 10+ mlns a year for McGee? Felton for Miller?
    To me Daryl Morey should have won EOTY for the sake of Harden trade. Besides it – it was all meh as there was no other major landscape changes in the league .

  5. jbeagles23 - Jun 14, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    This franchise is sinking

  6. remmsterr - Jun 14, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Two way players are always sought after during free agency and its not like Iggy is a horrible player either. Maybe an up and coming team like the Blazers, Hawks or Detriot can nab em or a contending team like the Grizzlies (If they have the funds.

  7. somekat - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    My problem with Iggy is the same as it was 7-8 years ago. He’s the exact player he was when he came into the league. Off the charts athletically, great on the ball defender, very good point-forward skills, nice handle for his size, very good rebounder.

    But he still also have the exact same weaknesses. No jump shot, a general lack of fundamentals, no go to move, no consistency, and his FT% for a guy at his position is terrible

    He’s a role player on a good team, that’s it. He’s a valuable player if he’s willing to accept that role, I doubt he is. But if a team like a SA, or Memphis, OKC, or a few other contenders, he could be a great fit. The problem is, there are very few contenders that have the kind of space he is going to want.

  8. elcapitanfiscal - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Get him cubes!

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