According to Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida, Andre Iguodala is leaning toward opting out of his current contract at the season’s end. Iguodala is scheduled to make $16.1 million if he remains with the Nuggets, but opting out would all but guarantee an extended, guaranteed contract. At age 29, Iguodala is at the point in his career that long-term deals become more important and hard to come by.
Opting out and testing the free agent market will likely decrease the amount made next year in hopes of stability with a team. Regardless of what Iguodala makes this offseason, he has no intention on being a team’s go-to scorer. With the emergence of Jrue Holiday this season, is their a possibilty that the former Sixers’ All-Star is back with the team in 2013-2014? Depending on what the Sixers decide to do with Andrew Bynum, Tony DiLeo may want to consider bringing back the player that used to be the face of the franchise after the departure of Allen Iverson. Iguodala is averaging 12.7 points, 5.1 assists, and 5.1 rebounds with the Denver Nuggets this year, and playing great perimeter defense as always. Tasting success with Denver may lessen Iguodala’s desire to return to his former team.
There are no reports about possible destinations for Iguodala yet, and there is no real point in speculating until it is guaranteed that he will opt out. Jrue Holiday’s success at least makes Philadelphia a more attractive landing spots for free agents though, and Iguodala would be willing to at least listen to the Sixers if he becomes a free agent. It is no secret that Andre enjoyed his time with the Sixers, and a one-two punch of Holiday and Iguodala would at least make the team a little more relevant again.