On Friday afternoon, news surfaced that Denver Nuggets forward Andre Iguodala plans to opt out of the final year of his contract and enter the free agent market this summer.
The news was first reported by Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski and its a decision that certainly gives a little more flare to the overall market heading into the month of July. Iguodala, 29, averaged 13.0 points, 5.4 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game this past season with the Nuggets. It was the only year in which he spent with the team after being traded by the Philadelphia 76ers.
Iguodala will surely open the door and hear from a number of teams, but his decision comes as a financial shock. Iguodala was set to make $16.1 million this season with the Nuggets had he made the decision to return. So, the small forward is leaving money on the table in the hopes of what can be assumed as a more stable deal in terms of length.
Denver will likely still be in the mix for Iguodala despite his decision to opt out, but it does put added pressure on the organization to bite. Earlier this off-season, the Nuggets stated that they wanted to keep Iguodala, so don’t expect that to change simply because of his decision to opt out for the 2013-14 season.
Among the other teams that will surely be interested in Iguodala include the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, New Orleans Pelicans, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, and Detroit Pistons, just to name a few.
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