Over the course of the last few years, it seemed like every discussion of possible trade scenarios in the Association, Philadelphia 76ers small forward Andre Iguodala’s name would figure prominently in the conversation. Rumors had him going to a variety of clubs; in exchange for numerous players; however the 28-year-old, lasted eight seasons with the team that took him in the first round of the 2004 NBA Draft. The other shoe would finally drop last week, ending the relationship with the Sixers, as he went to the Denver Nuggets in a four team trade, that also involved the Los Angeles Lakers and the Orlando Magic.
Iggy, could play just one season for Denver, as his current contract would allow him to become an unrestricted Free Agent at the end of the campaign. According to the “Denver Post” however, the new member of the Nuggets told reporters at his introductory press conference on Thursday, that he is hoping to sign a long-term pact with the franchise and become a core player for the squad for foreseeable future. He told the assembled media members “We weren’t coming into this thinking this will be a one-year deal.”
Denver is hoping that the former Philadelphia forward can be a mentor and a leader for their young, talented, point guard Ty Lawson and their athletic but erratic center JaVale McGee, whom the club signed to a multi-year deal, last month. Nuggets Team President Josh Kroeke told reporters “He brings a veteran presence, a winning presence. He wants to win. He’s going to bring that mentality to our team and instill it in a lot of our younger guys.”
The veteran has already had a sit-down with Denver bench boss George Karl, who told his new player that he wants him to penetrate more to reach the foul line in the upcoming campaign; as well as improve his shooting at the charity stripe, to capitalize on the reward. Iguodala should be a strong fit for the fast-break offense and strong defensive presence that Karl looks for from players and most likely will have a very positive relationship with his new coach. Kroeke and Team General Manager Masai Ujiri, are hoping that they have found the leader that can take the club to their first NBA Finals.