Posted July 03, 2013

Reports: Kings make, then yank, four-year offer to Andre Iguodala

Andre Iguodala, Ben Golliver, Denver Nuggets, Sacramento Kings
(Rocky Widner/Getty Images)

Andre Iguodala (left) has reportedly received interest from at least six teams. (Rocky Widner/Getty Images)

Within the span of a few hours, the Kings made and then quickly withdrew a four-year, $50+ million offer to unrestricted free agent guard/forward Andre Iguodala, according to multiple reports.

USA Today Sports and Yahoo! Sports both reported Tuesday night that Sacramento reversed course after it initially looked like Iguodala, who spent last season with the Nuggets, had been targeted as a replacement for Tyreke Evans, who is reportedly being courted by the Pelicans. Iguodala reportedly wasn’t immediately willing to commit to Sacramento’s offer, so the Kings pulled it and walked away from the proverbial table.

“WOW!!!! Really?? Ok,” Iguodala tweeted cryptically, less than an hour before news of Sacramento’s reversal broke. “MOTIVATION!!!!!!”

Yahoo! Sports placed the offer at $56 million over four years; USA Today Sports reported the offer was $52 million over four years.

Free agency officially opened on Monday, July, 1 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time. Although teams and players can begin having contact as of July 1, deals cannot be officially consummated until the end of the free agency moratorium on July 10.

Adding a layer of intrigue to the unusual negotiations: New Kings GM Pete D’Alessandro was a Nuggets executive from 2010 until his hiring in June.

Yahoo! Sports reported Monday that the 2012 All-Star had “received interest” from the Hawks, Kings, Nuggets, Pelicans, Pistons and Warriors.

New Nuggets GM Tim Connelly, hired last month to replace 2013 Executive of the Year Masai Ujiri, who left for the Raptors, told reporters that re-signing Iguodala was his top priority this summer.

“I’m very optimistic,” Connelly said in June, according to the Denver Post. “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.”

Iguodala, 29, averaged 13.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.7 steals last season.

5 comments
metalhead65
metalhead65

I wish more teams would operate like this and spare us the drama that goes along with people like dwight howard. the kings made an offer and did not want to be held hostage and gave him a deadline which he did not meet so they pulled it what's wrong with that? I wish somebody would disrespect me like that. I bet he will not forget either when nobody else offers him as much. good move kings.

Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

Thats what he gets for milking free agency tour... You werent going to get a better deal than that but it shows maybe he does want to contend for championships and not just financial security.

6marK6
6marK6

Good to see Sacramento is back to being Sacramento.

Will10
Will10

Iggy doesn't deserve to waste the rest of his prime in Sacramento any ways