Andre Iguodala is Gone; The Denver Nuggets Need To Get Aggressive In Free Agency

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Andre Iguodala will play for the Golden State Warriors next season. Not the Denver Nuggets.

The Nuggets offered Iguodala a contract for $52 million over four years, but it was to no avail. Today, the 29-year-old guard agreed to a four-year, $48 million contract with the Warriors. The Warriors had to dump $24 million on their salary cap to acquire Iguodala, so they sent Richard Jefferson, Andris Biedrins and Brandon Rush to the Utah Jazz, according to Ken Burger of CBSSports.com.  The Jazz will also acquire the Warriors’ first round draft picks in 2014 and 2017, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Iguodala also received a four-year, $56 million offer from the Sacramento Kings earlier in the week, but they withdrew the offer after he said he wanted more time to decide.

With the  29-year-old veteran headed to the Warriors, second-year man Evan Fournier will now theoretically start as the Nuggets’ shooting guard. While Fournier did have a solid season as a rookie, averaging 5.3 points (.407 from 3PT) in 11.3 minutes per game, he hasn’t proven that he should start 82 games.

The Nuggets front office needs to aggressively pursue a player to replace Iguodala. He is one of the most elite wing-defenders in the NBA.  On top of that, he averaged 13 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.7 steals last season for the Nuggets. Denver really wanted Iguodala to return this season. They even created a twitter campaign with the hashtag #WEWANTDREBACK.

Following Iguodala’s announcement, back up Warriors guard Jarrett Jack tweeted, ”Well it was fun while it lasted.”  Jack would be an excellent addition for the Nuggets, I expressed my desire for them to sign Jack earlier in the week.  However, he  plays best coming off the bench as the sixth-man. If the Nuggets don’t land Jack, they need to sign Milwaukee Buck free agent Monta Ellis. Ellis would be a much safer pick for the Nuggets, as he has more experience as a starter.

Your move, Nuggets.

Jordan Morey is a Denver Nuggets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Jordanamorey, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

 

 

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