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Andre Iguodala makes it official, opts out of Denver contract

Jun 28, 2013, 1:46 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

This doesn’t mean Andre Iguodala is a lock to leave Denver, it just means the man wants the security of a multi-year deal. Whether he gets that with Denver is the question.

Iguodala has officially opted out of the last year of his contract in Denver as was expected, reports Chris Broussard at ESPN.

Iguodala was a key part of Denver’s 57-win success last year — he is their perimeter defensive anchor, he scored 13.4 points a game with 5.5 rebounds and 5.6 assists. He was the glue guy for that roster that made everything work better.

He also made $14.9 million last season, which is a lot of money. He almost certainly takes a haircut in annual salary to get four years of guaranteed money. He’s age 29, so he should be productive through that entire deal.

Denver is going to have a shot to keep him, but are they going to pay the man, or is another team going to have room to swoop in and pick him up? We’ll find out starting Monday.

  1. andyhr17 - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Just waiting for the first Heat fan to say that Miami should try to sign him…..

    • spursareold - Jun 28, 2013 at 3:52 PM

      Yeah, I don’t think he wants to take THAT much of a haircut on his salary.

  2. dirtydavis - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Lakers would be able to sign a player of Andre Iguodala caliber if Dwight Howard does not resign right?

    • doubledown44 - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      No. The Lakers will still be well over the cap, even without Howard.

      • dirtydavis - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:42 PM

        Damn!!!! Lakers are going to be super flexible during the off season. In 2014. I doubt any player would want to sign if Kobe resigns with the team

  3. pmx8411 - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Taking his talents to……

  4. reesesteel23 - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Boston?…..A philly return would be cool to watch too

    • andyhr17 - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:50 PM

      A rebuilding team doesn’t want a max contract veteran in his prime.

  5. kanemoney - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    I predict either a crappy team who doesn’t stand a chance at landing top tier talent or a good team after the top talent signs elsewhere. I can’t see him worth more than 10m a year, but maybe some team is desperate enough.

  6. sportsnut101 - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    ID laugh if spurs come in n sign him they have enough cap room since splitter free agent n Manu free agent

  7. nolahxc - Jun 28, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Iggy would be a great addition in New Orleans! Holiday, Gordon, Iguodala, Davis, and Lopez would be a pretty good team!

    …Hey! I can dream, right?!

    • cullenand99 - Jun 28, 2013 at 3:40 PM

      I really hope this happens. Though I’m not sure how much cap space we have left after trading for Holiday.

    • spursareold - Jun 28, 2013 at 3:50 PM

      That’s a pretty good five, but you’ll need a bench, plus a few spares to sub for injuries.

      • nolahxc - Jun 28, 2013 at 4:10 PM

        Assuming the team is intact: Vasquez, Rivers, Aminu, Ryan Anderson, and Jason Smith would be a pretty solid bench–especially since that was mostly our starting lineup last year.

    • redstar504 - Jun 28, 2013 at 4:50 PM

      We have 20 mill plus cap space so sure we can pull it off in New Orleans but Tom Benson just buying the team might mean he still isn’t ready to take it to the cap. He may want to pay the note off before he gets to where he is OK going close to the luxury line.

    • irvness21 - Jun 28, 2013 at 5:54 PM

      This would be a great spot for Iggy to land. They are young enough and have the cap space. Im a Wiz fan, and would love for him to come to DC but that aint happening. If he goes to San Antonio what do you do with the Ginobli, Green mix? Surprise team could be the Thunder. They need a person who can guard the other teams best to free up KD on defense…

  8. daddybee415 - Jun 28, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Come on over to the bay iggy!

  9. norcalsportsknowledge - Jun 28, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    I hear he wants to play with Curry. That would be sweet if the dubs could pull that off.

  10. spursareold - Jun 28, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    San Antonio

  11. lovetbrady - Jun 28, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Andre is someone I would love to see play for the Spurs.I am not one of those people that says I want this player or that because I really believe that we have a great core team and one of the best benches in the NBA.But I really Iggy would help us.

    • redstar504 - Jun 28, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      No doubt he would help any defensive minded team out which is why I see him going to the Spurs, New Orleans, the Grizz or perhaps right back to Denver (defense is where they want to go).

      If you get him in SA that would be the piece to put you over the top vs. the Heat.

      If we get him in NOLA it makes us a playoff team.

      I love my team here but in a bidding war my money would be on S.A.

  12. quickrespond - Jun 28, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    he would of been a good player for the Spurs, if Manu was to retire but that not happening. And there is no way coach gives him Kawhi position. We dont need him, get rid of Bonner, Splitter, Blair and one the point guards and the Spurs will be good. But get Thomas Robinson at pf and maybe a new high level center like al jefferson.

  13. kayo84 - Jun 28, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    he would fit nicely in the n.o., hopefully dell demps got something up his sleeve to land him #iggytonola #pelsdat

  14. johnclaytonsponytail - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    I would hope that the Pels throw everything they can at him and wine and dine him till hes so full he cant leave.

  15. harshedmellow - Jun 28, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Blazers pay him big $$ to appease Aldridge?

  16. sauvy2324 - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Iggy wants to get paid. That means he’ll end up with one of the teams that lost the cp3, Dwight, Josh Smith races…a Dallas, Atlanta or Orlando, teams with lots of cap who need a leader/defender #2 type scorer. Spurs could push if they choose not to pay Ginobili.

  17. foxmtbr - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Pete D’Allesandrio better be making a phone call at the stroke of 9:01 PM tomorrow. Iggy is exactly what the Kings need – SF, star veteran, defensive-minded.

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