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NBA Free Agency: Sacramento pulls offer to Andre Iguodala

The Sacramento Kings have apparently decided to pass on free agent forward Andre Iguodala, according to USA TODAY’s Sam Amick.

“The Sacramento Kings have pulled their offer to free agent small forward Andre Iguodala, according to a person with knowledge of the decision,” writes Amick. “After making a four-year, $52 million bid, the Kings will now regroup and decide the next move in their rebuilding efforts. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the situation.”

It isn’t clear if the Kings were hoping for an immediate decision from Iguodala, but apparently they feel that they had waiting long enough.

The Kings are approximately $16 million dollars under the cap, but only if guard Tyreke Evans signs elsewhere. If the Kings bring Evans back, plus signing draft picks Ben McLemore and Ray McCallum they will be out of cap space.

The Denver Nuggets are reportedly very interested in bringing back the All-Star and gold medalist, but would not be able to do so at $14 million per season. Iguodala has met with the Detroit Pistons as well, and will meet with the New Orleans Pelicans, Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks according to a USA TODAY report.

The Cavaliers had long been linked to potentially trading for Iguodala, but it is not known if they have spoken to him about playing in Cleveland since free agency began earlier this week.

[Related: Cavaliers interested in veteran guard Chauncey Billups]

  • Luke Stavole

    This isn’t good news. We need SAC to finish out of the bottom 12 in the league to get that draft pick. And there isn’t a better year to have it than 2014.

  • JHop

    I could definitely see SAC letting Tyreke Evans walk and then telling McLemore to toss up 25+ shots a game while the team dives into the bottom of the lottery. A “move” like this alleged near-signing would be an easy way to appease the fans and get them to think you aren’t trying to all-out tank next year.

    That’s exactly what Boston is doing as well. The Celtics have been telling their fans otherwise, but isn’t having Kelly Olynyk as your starting center for the upcoming season the definition of tanking?

  • Natedawg86

    Yeah that is the first thing that I thought too. Would we be able to move 3 first rounders next year for a slot 1-5?

  • Luke Stavole

    Honestly, probably not. But stranger things have happened. I just don’t see a team passing on the top guys in next year’s draft. However, the best thing (as of now) about the 2014 draft is the depth of it. I would imagine that the Cavs would have closer to 25 guys they evaluate as ‘worth drafting’ as opposed to the 15 they rated that way this year.

  • Harv 21

    So. I guess this year’s Cav theme is “Sac Up!”

  • Luke Stavole

    Perfect. I can get behind that slogan.