The general characterization of Andre Iguodala’s contract is that it’s too big in either length or money. Some believe it’s too long, hamstringing the team while it should be rebuilding. Some believe it’s too expensive, not enough for what he provides. Unfortunately, in the NBA vets are almost never underpaid, so Iguodala’s contract is the norm rather than the exception.
While I labeled the contract “fair” for this year, I would say that the length is more burdensome than the value per year – after all, I believe he produces at that level, but his contract, combined with others on the team, prevents the team from making moves.
So, how does his compare to the rest of the league? Well, actually this thought was inspired by a point in an article by Dei Lynam posted on Thursday, on CSNPhilly.com. Talking about Iguodala, she writes:
His cold persona coupled with his six-year, $82 million contract bring criticism his way. He is the eighth-highest paid small forward in the league behind Rashard Lewis, Andrei Kirilenko, James, Carmelo Anthony, Paul Pierce, Rudy Gay and Brandon Roy. Luol Deng, Tayshun Prince and Danny Granger are the three right behind him.
Now, Lynam is generous when putting Roy as a small forward, but the point is well-made. Iguodala falls in line when it comes to salaries for other big-time small forwards. Meanwhile, Kevin Durant signed an extension worth roughly $80 million, which puts him ahead of Iguodala in terms of salary. That is, he is paid less than the top guys (James, Durant, Anthony, Pierce) but on par with the people below that (Gay, Granger, Deng).
Looking at his contract this way, then, his contract falls in line with the market and, unlike Lewis and Kirilenko, is actually earning (at least most of) his salary. Which is all we could ask for.
With this all being said, I’m asking you to vote in our poll, about what you, the people, see wrong with his contract.