The Sacramento Kings are prepared to throw a big chunk of money Andre Iguodala’s way, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
Sacramento is offering free agent Andre Iguodala a four year, approximately $56 million contract, league sources tell Y! Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 3, 2013
Nothing is official…yet. It’s hard to see Iguodala turning down the Kings’ offer, though. While only rough estimates have been reported, the veteran forward should net close an annual salary close to $15 million when/if he does indeed Sacramento’s reported deal.
Iguodala will have to sacrifice one thing: A chance at a championship. That’s the priority of most players, but again, the Kings’ offer will be hard to find elsewhere. Wojnarowski reports that the Denver Nuggets have a five-year proposal on the table, but the dollar amount is apparently lower than the Kings’ offer.
It’s tough to imagine the Kings being a cellar team with Iguodala and DeMarcus Cousins, though. I don’t include Tyreke Evans because his days with the Kings seemed numbered. Like Iguodala, he has a chunk of money waiting for him–in New Orleans. If Cousins can avoid conflicts on and off the court, he’s one of the NBA’s elite big man.
Staying out of the cellar would be both a moral victory and a step in the right direction for the current punching bag of the Western Conference.
While the Kings would gain some respect by signing Iguodala, they are rebuilding, and Iguodala is on the wrong side of 30. So, there would be a force of questions headed towards the Kings management and Iguodala if he does indeed sign the deal.