Denver Nuggets guard Andre Iguodala is a perfect fit for the team’s offense and he gives them the top level defender that they need. While Iguodala is key to getting the Nuggets to reach their ultimate goal, the team will have to open up the checkbook if they plan to keep the star guard on their roster for the next few years.
Iguodala is set to make $16.1 million next season, but he plans on making a lot more after opting out of his current contract with the team.
From Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida, Iguodala plans to opt out of his contract as expected to seek a long-term deal.
“Yeah, definitely,’’ Iguodala, 29, said of that being a distinct possibility. “You got to weigh options. Security-wise, a player would opt, especially with the type of season we’ve had as a team. Teams know what I can bring to them, and I know (the Nuggets) know what I can bring to a team here.
“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). But in the grand scheme of things, pretty much get it back. You got security.’’
In order for the team to re-sign Iguodala to the big deal that he is seeking, they would need to adjust the roster to make room for his salary.
The Nuggets knew that they would find themselves in this situation whenever they agreed to be a part of the deal that sent Andrew Bynum to Philadelphia and Dwight Howard to Los Angeles, so they are prepared for the decision ahead.
When it is all said and done, Iguodala will most likely return to the Nuggets a much richer man.