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Nuggets To Explore Long-Term Deal For Iguodala

Since last week's Dwight Howard trade, much has been made about whether Howard will re-sign in Los Angeles and whether Andrew Bynum will re-up with the 76ers, but Andre Iguodala's future in Denver hasn't received much of the spotlight. Asked about the topic at his introductory press conference today, Iguodala hinted that he'd be open to staying with the Nuggets for a while, saying, "We weren't coming into this thinking this will be a one-year deal" (link via Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post).

If Iggy would like to remain a Nugget down the road, there appears to be mutual interest in getting something done. GM Masai Ujiri, who was also at the presser, talked about wanting to lock the athletic forward up to a long-term deal, saying that it's something he'll look into during the coming season.

Iguodala has two years remaining on his contract, at $14.97MM this year and $16.15MM in 2013/14. However, he could opt out next summer, since he has an early termination option on the last year of his deal. Iggy is eligible to sign an extension now, but would have to waive his ETO and opt in for next year to do so, meaning he could only add two new seasons to his current contract. If the 28-year-old is seeking longer-term security, he could also exercise his ETO and sign a new deal with the Nuggets or another team in free agency next July.

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