Monday, April 1, 2013
Why Iggy's likely to opt-out
By Nick Borges
Andre Iguodala is set to earn $16.15 million next season, however he will likely not earn that as most expect him to invoke the ETO (early termination option) and become part of the 2013 class of free agents.
Iguodala has said he'd like to stay with the Nuggets beyond this season and they are likely to offer him a new multi-year deal if he does indeed opt-out. Iguodala will also look around the league if discussions should stall with the Nuggets.
“I want to play for a team where I have an impact on the game without even scoring ... I feel like if I win (with the Nuggets), I won’t have to worry about having to prove my worth," Iguodala tells Fox Sports Florida. “Obviously, it’s a business, so you’re going to look at your options. Here we have some good (prospects). But I’m not making any promises. But I’ve liked the last month and a half, two months, three months or however long (that Denver has been on a roll). It’s important for the future, so I’m just trying to win.’’
The Nuggets are having a terrific season due to their defense and Iguodala has played his part, which is why both sides will likely agree to a new contract in July. Today, ESPN Insider Amin Elhassan analyzed the top 30 free agents in 2013 he ranked Iguodala rated as one of the best.
Amin ElhassanTop 30 free agents in 2013: No. 5 -- Andre Iguodala
"Iguodala finally found acceptance after being traded to Denver, where his playmaking, defensive ability and up-tempo style are a perfect fit in the Nuggets' high-octane system. In Philadelphia, the fans saw Iguodala as overpaid because he isn't the type of player who can carry a franchise offensively; however, I'd argue that the skills that make him valuable are the toughest to quantify. Iguodala is one of only five players to average at least 12 points, five rebounds and five assists this season; the other four: LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Bryant and Rajon Rondo.
In order for Iguodala to maximize his talents, he has to play somewhere like Denver, surrounded by a deep roster of athletes. Demanding a maximum contract will only land him back in a Philadelphia-type situation. But Denver has to be careful payroll-wise, as Ty Lawson's extension kicks in next year, bringing it closer to the tax threshold. By signing Iguodala to a four-year, $52 million deal, the Nuggets can lock up cost certainty while creating enough room to re-sign one of their other free agents (Corey Brewer and Timofey Mozgov) without entering taxpayer territory."