Heading into the offseason, the Denver Nuggets could be looking at saving some serious cash. With swingman Andre Iguodala coming up on a player option, Denver could see him walk in favor of testing the free agent market. If that were to be the case, the Nuggets would get about $15 million off the books for 2013-2014.
So, would the Nuggets be better off if Iguodala walked? In a way, yes.
Denver has two solid wings locked down for the next couple of years in Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari. Both have proven to be excellent scorers when healthy, and would benefit from more playing time.
Chandler specifically was a fun player to watch last season. He is a guy the Nuggets saw come off the bench at times and fill it up. He shot over 41% from long range this past year, and more minutes would surely mean more three point buckets.
Gallinari has a bit of a road ahead of him coming back from a serious knee injury, but when he’s back I expect him to contribute just as he did prior to it. Averaging over 16 points per game before getting hurt, Gallinari is an established scorer and can do a lot of things well on that side of the ball.
Of course, if Iguodala left they would lose a great defender. This aspect of the situation would be tough to swallow for the Nuggets if he were to walk, but they would find a way to make up for it. A strong possibility could be re-signing Corey Brewer if they could get him to agree to stay.
Taking all into consideration, Denver would enjoy an extra $15 million this offseason. Having the ability to bring in another great player to suit up with an already-impressive roster would highly benefit them. They have some depth at the wing position already, and could get by just fine if Iguodala walked.