Andre Igoudala Hits Jackpot With New Sixers Contract

Nick ColonSenior Analyst IAugust 12, 2008

Andre Iguodala has 80 million reasons to be pumping his fists.

Iguodala signed a six-year deal worth a reported $80 million Tuesday night, according to ESPN.

This deal solidifies Iguodala as the main priority in Philadelphia, with the 76ers centering their team around him. Considering the addition of Elton Brand and a young core adding to the team's depth, the 76ers may be playoff-bound this upcoming season.

Iguodala has been by far the leader for the 76ers since the trade of the other "A.I.," Allen Iverson, back years ago. He was first on the team last year in scoring (19.9 PPG), third in rebounding (5.4 RPG), and second in assists (4.8 APG).

With the addition of Brand, the development of young stars like Thaddeus Young, and Marreese Speights, and the consistency of Andre Miller, the 76ers may only need to make a few moves this year to end up in serious playoff contention.

Regardless of what the 76ers plan on doing from here on out, Iguodala seems to be the man in Philly.

He's going to need some help from others if they plan on doing any damage to an ever growing Eastern Conference; with the Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, and Cleveland Cavaliers all seeming to be playoff locks even prior to the regular season tipping off.

Since he is now being paid like a big-time player, he will have the same pressure as other stars around the league. Will he be able to handle it? Only time will tell. Until then, he can relax at his vacation house, while he watches the money truck back into the front yard.