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Andre Iguodala is a valuable player, but he will fit better on a championship contender.
Last summer the Denver Nuggets traded for Andre Iguodala, one of the best wing defenders in the entire NBA. His scoring has dropped in recent years, but he has still proven to be a very good passer and rebounder (he averaged over five assists and rebounds this season).
Iguodala is the kind of player that every NBA team would like to have. Not only can he defend elite small forwards like LeBron James and Kevin Durant, but he can contribute offensively while not needing to score 20 points a night.
The problem with Iguodala for the Pistons is his age. Signing him will likely take a four-year contract worth over $10 million per year. He is just 29 now, but would be 34 at the end of such a contract.
Iguodala relies on his athleticism on both ends of the court, as he isn’t a great shooter (he has shot just 32.9 percent from beyond the arc in his career). With his scoring already declining, it is safe to say that he will not be as valuable of a player in four years as he is today.
If the Pistons were poised to compete for a championship in the next two seasons, signing Iguodala could easily be justified. But the team has a core of players in Monroe, Drummond and Knight who will all be 23 or younger at the beginning of next season (the player they draft in June will be as well).
Signing Iguodala would improve the Pistons immediately, possibly enough to get them to the playoffs. But he will be well past his prime when they will be ready to contend in the Eastern Conference.
They need to use their cap space on a younger player who can develop with the rest of the roster.