The highly coveted swingman has been talking with as many as six teams, with the Sacramento Kings believed to be in the driver’s seat. That is, until they rescinded their staggering four-year, $52 million deal, according to USA Today’s Sam Amick.
Iguodala, who at 29 wants to play for a contender, was hesitant to sign a deal with the rebuilding Kings and may have been waiting for a better team such as the Denver Nuggets to match Sacramento’s bid.
The Twitter world, on the other hand, recognizes a good deal when it sees one. Many haven’t been too kind to Iggy, saying he should have taken the deal:
Now that Sacramento may not be an option, Iguodala’s destination is up in the air. Several teams are interested, yet each destination faces obstacles in obtaining Iguodala.
The Detroit Pistons seem to have the best shot at the moment with their young and talented frontcourt of Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe. But this is still an unproven team that finished 11th in the Eastern Conference; Iguodala may not want to commit unless the team convinces him they will compete in the East. If the Kings situation is any indication, he wants to win now.
Atlanta, Dallas and Houston have plenty of cap space, although they are currently vying for Dwight Howard’s signature. Until his decision, they can’t afford to make any other big moves. If Howard spurns them and Iguodala still hasn’t committed anywhere, expect them to pursue Iggy more aggressively.
The Warriors and Pelicans may have the right pieces, but don’t have the cap room to outright sign him (assuming New Orleans signs Tyreke Evans). A sign-and-trade would have to happen.
Lastly, the Nuggets could bring their man back to Denver, but as the Denver Post’s Christopher Dempsey points out, they wouldn’t be able to do much else this offseason. For a team looking to improve their roster, not keep it the same, it may not be the direction they go.
Based on reports to this point, it makes sense for Iguodala to wait and sign with either Dallas or Houston. Whichever team loses out on Howard will not only have cap room, but a talented roster for Iggy to be a part of.
Expect Iguodala to cash in with a team that doesn't get Howard's signature.