ESPN’s Chris Broussard is reporting that Denver Nuggets small forward Andre Iguodala is opting-out of his current deal, looking to test the free agent market.
This doesn’t come as a surprise, according to Broussard.
Iguodala averaged 13 points, five assists and five rebounds per game last season with the Nuggets, after being traded over from the Philadelphia 76ers last year in what was better known as the Dwight Howard/Andrew Bynum trade.
The All-Star forward and Nuggets’ best perimeter defender was set to make $16.2 million next season. By opting out, he’ll have the ability to sign a five-year contract with the Nuggets or a four-year deal with any other team.
The Nuggets — worst cast scenario — could also orchestrate some kind of sign-and-trade with Iguodala so he can get that five-year deal, if he wishes, with his desired team.
Still, a lot has to be played out between now and then. I’m sure the Nuggets would very much want to keep Iguodala — at a reasonable price — but it will be interesting to see what type of offers he gets.
Ultimately, I see Iguodala being part of a sign-and-trade move, ending his stint with the Nuggets.