NBA Free Agency: Andre Iguodola Will Opt Out Of Contract

By Michael Ma

Apr 20, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Corey Brewer (13), forward Wilson Chandler (21) and guard Andre Iguodala (9) talk during game one of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Golden State Warriors at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Nuggets forward Andre Iguodola has announced that he most likely will opt out of the final year of his contract.  The swingman is scheduled to make over $16 million next season, but will add his name to the list of marquee free agents this summer, headlined by Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, and Josh Smith.

“Obviously, it’s a business, so you’re going to look at your options,” Iguodala said. “Here(Denver) we have some good (prospects). But I’m not making any promises. But I’ve liked the last month and a half, two months, three months or however long (that Denver has been on a roll). It’s important for the future, so I’m just trying to win.”

Because of his defensive versatility and lack of needing the ball in his hands on offense, Iguodala is the kind of player who could fit in well on most of the teams who will have the cap space necessary to sign him; the Houston Rockets are no exception.

Yahoo! Sports reported that the Rockets and Dallas Mavericks are on the list as possible suitors for the former all-star:

“After superstars Dwight Howard and Chris Paul, Iguodala will be a target for several teams, including the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Detroit Pistons and New Orleans Pelicans, league sources said.”

Iguodala would be a good fit to the Rockets: the Nuggets played a similar, up-tempo offense as the Rockets, and he would immediately make an impact defensively, as he as an elite perimeter defender.

He will be an option that Daryl Morey and the rest of the front office will look at when the free agent period begins July 1.