Andre Iguodala likely to opt out of his Nuggets contract

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Denver Nuggets forward Andre Iguodala will likely explore his options this offseason by opting out of his contract.

To get the most out of his current value this offseason, Andre Iguodala will likely test the free agent market by opting out of his contract, according to Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida. The move will forgo the Denver Nuggets forward's final year of his deal that is worth $16.1 million, but should give him an extended, guaranteed contract.

"Yeah, definitely,'' Iguodala, 29, told Tomasson of opting out being a possibility. "You got to weigh options. Security-wise, a player would opt, especially with the type of season we've had as a team. Teams know what I can bring to them, and I know (the Nuggets) know what I can bring to a team here.

All that said, the Nuggets forward added that where he ultimately lands will provide everything that he currently has in Denver. Though he'll be receiving a hefty payday, the 29-year-old said he wants to be a part of a team where he's not relied upon as a go-to scorer.

Iguodala is averaging 12.7 points, 5.1 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game in 2012-13 and is ultimately most important because of his savvy perimeter defense.

The Nuggets will have about $19.5 million in cap space with Iguodala off the books should he opt out. With the luxury tax threshold around $72 million next season, as Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin estimates, Denver will have the flexibility to re-sign the forward, who they acquired this season as part of the Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum deal.

Iguodala also told Tomasson that he's interested in making another run as a member of Team USA.

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