Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski is reportingthat the Sacramento Kings have offered free agent Andre Iguodala a four-year contact worth an estimated $56 million. It's a stunning offer that demonstrates just how serious the new regime is about competing right away.
It's not yet known what Iguodala plans to do. Leading up to Iguodala opting out of his contract with the Denver Nuggets, which would have paid Iguodala roughly $15 million in the 2013-14 season, it was speculated that Iguodala was seeking long-term financial security and a good situation. This offer certainly provides the financial security, but it remains to be seen how big a factor the team situation will be, or how Iguodala views the franchise.
The offer also raises other questions. What does this offer mean for the team's intentions regarding Tyreke Evans? Is $3 million more per season so much to pay for Iguodala instead of Tyreke?
For me, I'm an outspoken fan of Iguodala. I'll be ecstatic if he signs here, but I'm not getting my hopes up yet. And I'll understand if the team chooses Iguodala over Tyreke. Andre is older, at 30 years old next season, but the age of 30 is no longer the checkpoint for careers to end as it once was. Plenty of stars have remained productive well past the age of 30.
The biggest knock against Iguodala is his shooting. He's a career 46% shooter, and shot just 57.4% from the free throw line last season. But Iguaodala is an elite defender, is athletic, brings true veteran leadership, and is an excellent passer. He would presumably pair well with Ben McLemore.
One thing is abundantly clear: this is not your usual Sacramento Kings offseason.