When 2012 NBA All-Star Andre Iguodala opted out of his contract with the Denver Nuggets earlier this month, it wasn’t as much of a sign that he didn’t want to stay in Denver as it was that he wanted some financial security.
While Iggy was scheduled to make just shy of $16 million dollars, he couldn’t have picked a better time to opt-out. Still in his late 20’s, the former Arizona Wildcat will find a team willing to give him the cash he desires, especially given the amount of teams gearing up to make runs at Chris Paul and Dwight Howard.
Iggy is hoping that the teams who strike out on the aforementioned Paul and Howard will come calling, though the Denver Nuggets say it might not get that far as they’re feeling ‘very optimistic’ they’ll be able to bring Iguodala back.
A $14 million annual payout — or thereabout — is a big chunk of change. Iguodala was scheduled to make $16 million next season, but he will opt out of the final year of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent.
He is the Nuggets’ top target during free agency. And in a bit of good news, Iguodala has been in town this week, working out at the Nuggets practice facility. Connelly was able to talk to him prior to his introductory press conference Thursday morning.
“I’m very optimistic,” Connelly said. “I think he’d be hard-pressed to find a more attractive situation than ours, and I think he feels the same way. He’s a key cog to an excellent team. I feel great about getting him back into uniform.”