Andre Igoudala is set to make a cool $16.1 million next season, but according to Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida, he is still planning on opting out of his contract at the end of this year. While opting out will assure that he won't make nearly as much as money, Igoudala feels that security comes first over financial gain.
“Yeah, definitely,’’ Iguodala, 29, said of that being a distinct possibility. “You got to weigh options. Security-wise, a player would opt, especially with the type of season we’ve had as a team. Teams know what I can bring to them, and I know (the Nuggets) know what I can bring to a team here.
“Players get like $50, $60 or $70 or $80 (million over multiple years), whatever the number was, they gave up a big number (in an option season by opting out). But in the grand scheme of things, pretty much get it back. You got security.’’
And don't worry Nuggets fans. Even though Igoudala is planning to opt out, it looks like he doesn't want to leave Denver any time soon.
“My main goal is, if we win here, everything will take care of itself, no matter what,’’ Iguodala said. “I want to play for a team where I have an impact on the game without even scoring … I feel like if I win (with the Nuggets), I won’t have to worry about having to prove my worth.
“Obviously, it’s a business, so you’re going to look at your options. Here 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.’’
In a league full of high contract players and agents with lofty asking prices, it's refreshing to see a guy like Igoudala come along and do it differently.
[via Pro Basketball Talk]