Denver Nuggets ‘Very Optimistic’ They Can Re-Sign Free Agent Andre Iguodala

According to Tim Connelly, the young new GM in Denver, there’s little reason to worry about Andre Iguodala becoming an unrestricted free agent this summer. The The Nuggets expect to retain their star forward. Per the Denver Post: “Connelly, 36, was hired this week from New Orleans, where he was an assistant GM. He hasn’t met with all of the players on the Denver roster, although he knows a few already. But he has talked to Andre Iguodala, who has been working out at the Pepsi Center. Iguodala will be an unrestricted free agent when free agency begins in July. Contract negotiations can start July 1. Contracts can be signed beginning July 10. The Nuggets want Iguodala back. ‘I’m very optimistic,’ Connelly said. ‘I’m very aware of the free-agent landscape. In New Orleans, we had about $14 million to spend; a small forward might be a position we looked at, so I’m aware of what potential lies out there for him. I think he’d be hard-pressed to find a more attractive situation than ours, and I think he feels the same way. He’s a key cog to an excellent team. I feel great about getting him back into uniform.’ Is the feeling mutual between the Nuggets and Iguodala? ‘Absolutely,’ Connelly said. ‘He’s here working out. I think that speaks to where his heart is at. He’s such a pro. I look forward to knowing him more as a person. I think when you see a guy working out a week before the draft, it shows you where he wants to be.'”