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Iguodala says he seriously considered Kings but they put him on deadline

Jul 15, 2013, 7:21 PM EDT

Andre Iguodala AP

It was one of the stranger moves of the off-season — Sacramento made a very nice four-year, $52 million offer to Andre Iguodala then a few days later yanked the offer.

It all worked out, Iguodala took a little less money ($48 million over four years) to land in Golden State.

Now he’s telling his side of the story — he said he was seriously considering the Kings but wanted time to look at a number of teams, and the Kings wanted an answer fast and gave him a deadline. Iggy spoke to Scott Howard-Cooper about the entire process.

Iguodala just didn’t want to be put on the clock. He was, he said, strongly considering the Kings, but was not ready to make a decision. The Kings wanted him to be ready and gave a quick deadline, soon followed by pulling the offer when they had at least a day and maybe longer before actually needing an answer….

“When you’re dealing with deadlines as a player, it’s not really a positive thing to say, ‘All right, they’re giving me a deadline,’ ” Iguodala said. “You don’t want to really get into deadlines. We had really good conversations and I was close. After the first day, they were in the top three teams, top two teams. I think with (new owner) Vivek (Ranadive) coming from (the Warriors) ownership group and going out on his own and getting a team, he has a really good vision of what he wants to build in Sacramento. That vision was really attractive. I was almost close to going there.”

Almost close.

The Kings have still had a nice offseason (they got Carl Landry, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Greivis Vasquez) as they start to rebuild what the Maloofs had done to the place before leaving. But Iggy would have been a big splash, a big sign of how serious they were.

The Kings thought if Iggy was really serious about them the decision would have been nearly instant. He wanted to be more deliberate. It may not have worked out, but would it have killed the Kings to be a little more patient here?

  1. drunkenjunk - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    I call bs.

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      who cares what you say, you drunkard!

  2. themars211 - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Queens….and they shall remain as such.

  3. brianspider - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    I actually really like what the Kings did here. I am frankly a little sick off the free agency culture where players feel like they need to be wined and dined and have their egos stroked. And then it is THEM that is doing the team a favor by signing a multiyear deal paying them 10+ million a year, regardless of their performance or health.

    From the King’s perspective they said, ” Iggy, we really like you, and we want you to be a centerpiece for this remodeled organization. We’ll pay you more than anyone else will offer.” He didn’t reciprocate that sense of commitment and instead was more interested in leveraging their offer in talks with other teams. There’s more than one side to the story Kurt.

  4. blueballzny - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Both sides are better off that he signed in G.S. Sacramento needs 2-3 years until they are at least competitive. Having Iggy on their team would’ve given the Kings, what, maybe an extra 5 wins next year? In a year where its gonna pay off to be as bad as you possibly can, why would you pay a non-superstar so much money for the next 4 years and lose that flexibility with your cap space?

  5. themars211 - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    You can give me a thumbs down for my comment above. But seeing that Sacramento is not an A-List destination for free agents, especially the premier free agents why would they put a deadline on said free agent that is considering your offer. Also I think that a lot of athletes don’t want to be the 1st to sign with some of the smaller market teams because of the fear that not many other guys will come and join them. So if you can lure one to sign with you its almost a signal to other guys that its okay to come to your team. Just my take….does not make sense.

    • themars211 - Jul 15, 2013 at 8:12 PM

      Okay name the last notable free agent that signed with Sacramento….I’m waiting

      • loungefly74 - Jul 16, 2013 at 8:56 AM

        C. Webber? sheesh.

      • themars211 - Jul 16, 2013 at 1:28 PM

        Try again,Webber was traded to Sacramento from the Washington Wizards. Sheesh!!

      • joell83 - Jul 16, 2013 at 3:13 PM

        Wrong! Webber was a free agent in 01 sheesh

    • anhdazman - Jul 15, 2013 at 8:59 PM

      Totally agree with you. GSW was in the same boat as Sacramento just a year before. You got to win and show everyone your team has the capabilities to be a consistent playoff team for the big Free Agents to take notice. Sacramento have a bunch of misfits currently. They are still looking for leaders and superstars on that team. Landry is a nice veteran piece to the puzzle. Vasquez looks like a very good trade. But No home grown talent. No true star leader.

    • 2late2matter - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      Maybe it’s just me but I smell bad ‘management’ for the short-term offer sheet.

      Besides, for that kind of money Iggy should know who he wants to play for.

  6. bruiserbrigade - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    The Kings didn’t want to be Iggy’s personal bargaining chip with other teams, which is what Iggy was most likely doing. He probably didn’t even follow up to show interest, so they pulled it. That’s what you should do when a Free agent uses you to squeeze more dough out from their preferred destination.

    • ninja9687 - Jul 15, 2013 at 8:54 PM

      Squeeze more dough out of their preferred destination? May want to get your facts straight. He took LESS money to go to his preferred destination. Maybe he got confused or he should fire his agent if he was trying to get all he could was his intention.

  7. titansbro - Jul 15, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Who wants to play in Sacramento? San Fran is much better. I’d take 4 mil less to play there over Sac too.

  8. metalhead65 - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    yeah it wold have killed them. they want players who want to be there for more than a paycheck and it was obvious he was not one of them. good for them! why should they be held hostage waiting for him to shop for a better deal? he is just trying to make himself look good. they made more than a fair offer so how hard was it for him to say yes or no after a day? they are going to suck whether he signed with them or not so they saved themselves some money and do not have to put up with his me first primadonna attitude.

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