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Andre Iguodala will opt out, become free agent


via Denver Post


Andre Iguodala is expected to decline his player option despite having a guaranteed contract at Denver. The Nuggets organization doesn’t see that as an intention of leaving. The timing is right to negotiate a long-term contract, and both Iguodala and the Nuggets are in place for the deal.

per Denver Post:



First the obvious: Forward Andre Iguodala is expected to opt out of the final year of his contract, forgoing $16 million next season in search of a long-term deal even if the money wouldn’t rise to the same level on a per-year basis. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent, but the Nuggets have a chance at retaining his services as long as the price is right.



The Nuggets have $51 million in guaranteed salary already tied up for next season. The salary cap was $58.044 million for the 2012-13 season. The luxury tax is $70.307 million. Neither of those numbers will go down next season, meaning even with contract decisions to be made on Iguodala and unrestricted free agent Corey Brewer, the Nuggets, who were well under the luxury tax, are in good financial shape.



Iguodala, who struggled offensively during the regular season and much of the postseason, has taken the temperature of the organization and where it is headed all season long. He wants to be with a winner and with a franchise headed in a contending direction. Despite a first-round exit, both of those things exist in Denver, along with the ability to get a fifth contract year on a new extension with the Nuggets, something he could not get with any other team under the new collective bargaining agreement.


Still, with unrestricted free-agent status comes options and Iguodala will be one of the coveted players on the open

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