After another disappointing postseason, the Denver Nuggets head into the offseason with the intent of improving things for the 2013-14 NBA season. One player whose future is uncertain with the Nuggets is Andre Iguodala, and he was a player that made the success of the 2012-13 season a possibility.
The Denver Post has reported that Iguodala will opt out of the final year of his contract in order to find a long-term deal. They also reported that the Nuggets might have a chance to retain him “if the price is right.”
Iguodala was essential in providing the team with a defensive presence, and his veteran leadership can only help the team’s young up and coming stars. It looks as though Coach George Karl will be sticking around next season, and despite his continued inability to take his team past the first round of the playoffs, the team did set a new franchise record for regular season wins. If Karl had his second-leading scorer Danilo Gallinari healthy for the playoffs, the Nuggets’ fate might have been a lot different.
If the Nuggets don’t find a way to have Iguodala remain in a Nuggets uniform, the team’s defense may be nonexistent next season.
The Nuggets have most of the roster returning, and even if Iguodala opts out of the last year of his contract, that doesn’t mean he won’t sick around in Denver. With Iguodala the Nuggets will have the talent and opportunity to make next season one to remember for Nuggets’ fans. After the disappointing end to this season, let’s hope the beginning of next season will have hopes high once again.
If Iguodala returns to Denver with Gallinari healthy, the Nuggets may head into the postseason next year with a little more confidence. The coming weeks of the offseason will tell us whether or not Iguodala will be back in Denver next season. If not, it’s going to be difficult to get up to 57 wins again.