5 Potential NBA Landing Spots For Free Agent Andre Iguodala
Five Potential Landing Spots For Andre Iguodala
Every team could use a player like Andre Iguodala. The 6-foot-6 guard/forward is one of the most underrated players in the NBA in my opinion. What team couldn’t use a player that is team-first, with the ability to pass, rebound, score and defend? In terms of the type of player he is, couldn’t he be compared to LeBron James?
He obviously isn’t as talented and explosive as James, but he does the same things, just to a lesser extent. James and Iguodala are both very athletic with the ability to defend almost any position on the floor. They both have very high basketball IQ with the ability to make any pass on the floor, making them able to play the “point-forward” position. Both James and Iguodala are able to rebound very well.
Any team that brings Iguodala in as a free agent over this offseason better not expect him to be “the guy”, because that’s not the type of player he is. He is a perfect second or third option on most teams. In the 2012-13 season, Iguodala averaged 13 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game. He is arguably more valuable on the defensive end of the floor. His long arms and athleticism make him an ideal defensive player. He averaged 1.7 steals per game this past season.
His PER (player efficiency rating) of 15.2 suggests that I am overrating him quite a bit. PER would rate Iguodala as league average, but he is definitely a step above that. I’m about to give you a list of five teams that I think will target Iguodala over the offseason.
After trading him in the “failed experiment” known as the Andrew Bynum deal last offseason, the 76ers should consider giving Iguodala a second chance in Philadelphia. Incumbent small forward Evan Turner has been rumored for over a year to be on the trading block, so the 76ers should trade Turner and sign Iguodala.
The Cleveland Cavaliers seem to have all the cap space available this offseason. With only one huge contract on the books for next season, Anderson Varejao, the Cavaliers have many options this summer. Signing Andre Iguodala could be the final piece to push them to the postseason in 2013-14 when paired with Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson and Varejao.
The Atlanta Hawks, much like the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks, will probably be checking in on just about every free agent this summer. They are desperately in need of talent. Josh Smith will probably not return to the Hawks, so Iguodala becomes an obvious target because the Hawks will have a lot of cap space.
The Detroit Pistons are lacking star-power. Granted, Iguodala isn’t a star, but he would be the most recognizable player on the current Pistons’ roster. The Pistons have their frontcourt of Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe set, with Brandon Knight and Rodney Stuckey as the guards. Iguodala would be a perfect fit, making the Pistons an instant playoff contender when added to the young, improving roster.
San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs have seemingly been “too old” for the past five years. However, they always seem to be title contenders. Pairing Andre Iguodala with Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili would be a great fit and would improve an overrated Spurs defense.