Assuming Andre Iguodala opts out of his contract for next season as expected, the Atlanta Hawks could be one of the many teams interested in the underrated superstar.
The Hawks plan to build their team around Al Horford and while it is well known the team covets Chris Paul and Dwight Howard, there isn’t a guarantee that either player will leave their current franchise.
With around $40 million in cap space, the Hawks can’t afford to strikeout this offseason. The Hawks have just three players under contract and lack an offensive threat to pair with Horford.
The perfect fit for what the Hawks need could be the 29-year-old Iguodala, who is entering the prime of his career. He’s been one of the most consistent players over the last five years, averaging at least 12 points, five assists and five rebounds in each season.
Often overlooked as a superstar, Iguodala is coming off a season where he averaged 13 points, 5.4 assists and 5.3 rebounds and was the Denver Nuggets’ best defender. When it came to playoff time, he averaged 18 points, eight rebounds and 5.3 assists, despite losing his teammate, Danilo Gallinari, to a torn ACL.
As of right now, the All-Star currently has one-year and $16.2 million left on his contract, but by opting out, he will have the opportunity to earn more money long-term. He can sign a five-year deal with the Nuggets and a four-year deal with other teams.
With Gallinari expected to miss at least the first half of next season and there being uncertainty around who will be coaching the Nuggets, Iguodala will likely pursue another team that provides a better chance to win a title.