Christopher Dempsey of the Denver Post is reporting that Andre Iguodala is going to opt out of the final year of his contract to become a free agent this summer. This is big time news because he becomes the #3 free agent on the market behind Chris Paul and Dwight Howard. He averaged 13 ppg, 5.4 apg, 5.3 rpg with a 15.27 PER in 80 games played this season. In the playoffs he averaged 18 ppg, 8 rpg and 5.3 apg in 6 games. He is an athletic wing that does a lot of things well, by all accounts is a great teammate and is in the prime of his career at 29 years old. He was a big reason the Denver Nuggets made the playoffs and won 57 regular season games. His services will be sought by numerous teams including the Nuggets who will surely look to resign him. The question is, should the Utah Jazz be one of those teams?
I have always been a big fan of Andre Iguodala. I thought the Jazz in the past could have used his athleticism and his all around game. He has been a true professional and I felt would represent the Utah Jazz very well. I thought he would have been a great compliment to the Deron Williams, Carlos Boozer and Memo Okur teams of the mid-2000’s. With the Jazz looking to go young next year and give those guys a chance to show what they have, should they go after Andre Iguodala? Well……..It depends.
Iguodala is forgoing the final year of his deal in order to procure longer term financial security. Based on the fact he is giving up on $16 million next year, it makes sense he’ll be looking for something in the 4 year, $50 million range. Are the Jazz willing to shell out that type of cash for a player who is very similar to Gordon Hayward? If the Jazz felt these two could play well together I could see them going hard after Iguodala to team up with Hayward for the next 4 years. I think they would play well together because Hayward is the better outside shooter and Iguodala could do more of the slashing to the hoop. The player it really comes down to in this decision process however is Alec Burks. If the Jazz don’t feel like he is ready or ever will be, I could see them making their splash signing of the summer on Iguodala. If the Jazz want to see what Alec Burks can do with consistent increased playing time, they will stick with their plan to go young.
I think the Jazz will stick to their guns and go with Alec Burks as their starting 2 next year and resign Randy Foye to be his backup. I think they want to give this young player a chance to show what he can do at this level. Burks, Hayward, Favors and Kanter have shown great chemistry when on the court together and I think the Jazz want to see what that can develop into in the win column. Having a player of Iguodala’s caliber on the market will be very tempting however and a possibility that the Jazz should definitely look into.