Earlier this month, the Golden State Warriors signed Andre Iguodala to a four-year, $48 million deal. A tough blow for the Sacramento Kings who were hotly persuing the 29-year-old guard and even offered him a bigger contract worth $56 million over the same amount of years. Now, if that wasn't heartbreaking enough for the Kings and their fans, wait until you hear this. Iguodala was very, very close to calling Sac-Town home. Here's what he recently admitted to Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com:
“When you’re dealing with deadlines as a player, it’s not really a positive thing to say, ‘All right, they’re giving me a deadline,’” Iguodala said, via Pro Basketball Talk. “You don’t want to really get into deadlines. We had really good conversations and I was close. After the first day, they were in the top three teams, top two teams.
“I think with (new owner) Vivek (Ranadive) coming from (the Warriors) ownership group and going out on his own and getting a team, he has a really good vision of what he wants to build in Sacramento. That vision was really attractive. I was almost close to going there.”
OK, maybe Iguodala is telling the truth, maybe he isn't, but if a deadline is the real reason why he didn't opt to sign with the Kings, that's gotta leave a bad taste in the mouths of the Sacramento faithful. Ugh.
[via Larry Brown Sports]