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Iguodala will test free agency this summer
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On March 31, 2013 @ 5:00 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Sean Highkin, USA TODAY Sports
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The list of marquee free agents just got a little bigger. Andre Iguodala told Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida that it is very likely he will opt out of the final year of his contract with the Denver Nuggets. Even though he is scheduled to make $16.1 million next season, Iguodala says that he is approaching his free-agency decision from a long-term standpoint.
“Players get like $50, $60 or $70 or $80 (million over multiple years), whatever the number was, they gave up a big number (in an option season by opting out),” he told Tomasson.” But in the grand scheme of things, pretty much get it back. You got security.”
Iguodala, 29, will have no shortage of teams interested in him if he does opt out. He’s been an integral part of the recent success of the Nuggets, who currently hold the third-best record in the Western Conference and recently won 15 straight games. Denver will undoubtedly attempt to re-sign him, although Iguodala doesn’t seem inclined to give the Nuggets a hometown discount.
“Obviously, it’s a business, so you’re going to look at your options,” he said. “Here we have some good (prospects). But I’m not making any promises. But I’ve liked the last month and a half, two months, three months or however long (that Denver has been on a roll). It’s important for the future, so I’m just trying to win.”
Because of his defensive versatility and lack of needing the ball in his hands on offense, Iguodala is the kind of player who could fit in well on most of the teams who will have the cap space necessary to sign him.
The Atlanta Hawks could be one such suitor. First-year GM Danny Ferry unloaded the hefty contracts of Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams last summer in hopes of clearing cap space to make a splash in free agency. But while the Hawks’ two primary targets will be Chris Paul and Dwight Howard, neither superstar is widely expected to leave the Los Angeles Clippers or Lakers, respectively. Should Atlanta miss out on those two, … [For more on Andre Iguodala says he'll test free agency this summer, click here.]
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