Pelicans Have Strong Interest In Andre Iguodala

The Pelicans have strong interest in free agent swingman Andre Iguodala, tweets Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports. The Nuggets, Hawks, Pistons, Kings, Mavs, Warriors and Rockets are all in the mix as well, according to USA Today's Sam Amick (Twitter link). When Iguodala opted out of his contract with Denver this month, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports identified many of those teams, along with the Cavs, as likely to have interest in the Rob Pelinka client.

The Pelicans appear to be one of the most aggressive teams this offseason, already having pulled off a trade at the draft for Jrue Holiday, Iguodala's former teammate in Philadelphia. New Orleans is also said to be making Eric Gordon "very available" in trade talks. The Pelicans will have plenty of cap space available if they wish to make Iguodala a maximum-salary offer, but I'm not sure they'd need to go that far. The max for the nine-year veteran would entail a starting salary worth 30% of the salary cap, or around $19.5MM. He would have made $16.155MM had he opted in with Denver.

Among the other teams pursuing Iguodala, the Rockets and Mavs will focus first on higher priorities like Dwight Howard, as Amick tweets, also noting that the Warriors interest in Iguodala is likely only cursory, given their lack of cap space and proximity to the luxury tax line. The Warriors are pursuing Howard, too, but that, too, appears a longshot.

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3 thoughts on “Pelicans Have Strong Interest In Andre Iguodala

  1. Stayfloating

    I bet they are! But thinking loosing Gordon is the wrong direction…

    • Rudy Patten

      If u think about it, its really the right direction, if u takeonto consideration his injury history and the fact that he just outright doesnt appear to want to be in New Orleans, so though he is very talented, he is replaceable by someone who really wants to be here in the NO…

      • Stayfloating

        Sorry, just saw your reply. I agree, I’ve watched games & no doubt he didn’t want to be here…but only cause they were losing. I don’t like the attitude but understand the frustration. Fact is, he’s fired up to play. I saw his tweet to Jrue Holiday and it said exactly that: “very excited”. I think you’ll see a renewed Gordon at the 2 and Evans at the 3. Keep in mind, if not, Evans is a natural 2 & Gordon knows that….


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