Igoudala Was Close To Picking The Kings

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LAS VEGAS – After the Warriors ran the emotional obstacle course to land Andre Igoudala, after the complicated three-team deal with the Jazz and Nuggets that delivered Igoudala to Golden State in a sign-and-trade, after Denver took the first steps in moving on from losing a centerpiece, this emerged:

The Kings walked away from the chance to change the league.

They were, in Igoudala’s words, close to getting him in what would have been huge forward progress in the attempt to become playoff contenders again while also halting the Warriors’ momentum. And Utah may not have acquired first-round picks, including for the very promising 2014 draft, for taking contracts from Golden State. At the very least, the Western Conference would have been altered heading toward 2013-14.

Igoudala just didn’t want to be put on the clock. He was, he said, strongly considering the Kings, but was not ready to make a decision. The Kings wanted him to be ready and gave a quick deadline, soon followed by pulling the offer when they had at least a day and maybe longer before actually needing an answer.

Sacramento management believed Igoudala would have committed right away if he was going to commit at all. Igoudala says that is not true, that he really liked the connection with the new front office and that he could see himself as part of a franchise he believed was headed in the right direction. Management also sensed it quickly needed to move on to other options if Igoudala was not going to happen, but that was not true either. The Kings could have pursued Carl Landry while keeping the four-year contract for Igoudala on the table and given Igoudala the take-it-or-leave-it ultimatum two or three days later as they closed in on a deal with Landry.

“When you’re dealing with deadlines as a player, it’s not really a positive thing to say, ‘All right, they’re giving me a deadline,’ ” Igoudala said. “You don’t want to really get into deadlines. We had really good conversations and I was close. After the first day, they were in the top three teams, top two teams. I think with (new owner) Vivek (Ranadive) coming from (the Warriors) ownership group and going out on his own and getting a team, he has a really good vision of what he wants to build in Sacramento. That vision was really attractive. I was almost close to going there.

“The deadline was a turnoff because I wanted to totally explore my other options. I still had two meetings to go when the deadline came. I still had to meet with Houston and I met with Dallas. I wanted to explore all my options.”

As it turned out, the Kings did reach an agreement with Landry, a deal that became official Monday, as part of an offseason filled with the positives of getting Ben McLemore at No. 7 in the draft, trading second-round picks for valuable defender Luc Mbah a Moute and hiring Pete D’Alessandro as general manager and Michael Malone as coach. It would have been a successful summer in Sacramento no matter what – the team is still there – and now there are the tangible positives as well. But a perennial loser of a franchise had captured the attention of a top free agent and should not have walked away from that while still in the conversation stage with Landry.

Igoudala now says he “probably” would have still chosen the Warriors in the end no matter what. But the Kings likely would have remained a possibility longer.

“Definitely nothing but love for Sacramento and I know they’re going to build some good things in the future,” he said.

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  4. Wes says:

    To Andre, why did you opt out on your last year of your contract which I seen reported as 15.9M and sign a new contract for 12M, Seems like that is a 4M loss in one year.

  5. Andre Iguodala says:

    IGUODALA, NOT IGOUDALA GURISE!

  6. Wes says:

    Denver gave up Aaron Affalo, Al Harrington and a 1st round draft choice for Iggy, not that much difference between the skill level of Affalo and Iggy. Affalo better on offense and Iggy better on defensive.

  7. JDUB says:

    At least spell his name right. Good Player, GS can use his defense, slashing ability and transition scoring. Don’t think HB’s growth will be affected; overall upgrade for GS.

  8. m says:

    why was iggy trade” a big mistake” ? ..didnt they have best record ever in franchise or something like that/
    its ashame galinari got injured ..but yeah .anywyz i thuoght he made right choice..or housten…
    hes still fav player of mine (sixer fan)

  9. TTKIN says:

    If he was going to sign he wouldve right away?

    Dwight has known for like a year he was going to Houston. If guys sign right away, It’s weird that it took Dwight so long right?

    Oh wait, it’s Dwight. Anything goes with that fool.

  10. ay peleg says:

    “Igoudala now says he “probably” would have still chosen the Warriors in the end no matter what.
    But the Kings likely would have remained a possibility longer.”
    ?!?!?!

    ohhh whatta consolation
    “But the Kings likely would have remained a possibility longer.”

    dont do the kings an favours andre.
    great player, ridiculous article.
    not even a story.
    more like an insult.
    title shoulda read “igudala messes with the kings emotions”

  11. ay peleg says:

    “Igoudala now says he “probably” would have still chosen the Warriors in the end no matter what.
    But the Kings likely would have remained a possibility longer.”
    ?!?!?!

    ohhh whatta consolation
    “But the Kings likely would have remained a possibility longer.”

    dont do the kings an favours andre.
    great player, ridiculous article.
    not even a story.

  12. Wes says:

    Iggy was a big mistake in Denver all the way, from the trade that got him to his performance. The biggest part is called IQ

  13. hfaskjj says:

    if Denver were a popular big market team Iggy would be as hated as Dwight right now for leaving the nuggets.

  14. Trey says:

    I agree curry Iggy Barnes Lee and Bogut Thompson is your 6 man. There gonna play enough small ball 4 those guys to get enough minutes.

  15. JimmyJazz says:

    Without Jack or Landry there Barnes will still play plenty of minutes. I actually think his mpg will go up.

  16. Simon Crow says:

    Iggy was playing as shooting guard in his early days as a 76ers. Curry, Iggy and Barnes can all be starters

  17. B Radd says:

    Can’t wait for the season to start. The Wariors should use Iggy at Shooting Guard, move Klay coming off the bench and allow Harrison Barnes to keep the Small Forward position.

  18. but hes got no future in winning there in sacramento….but still…terrible choice for him…now it’s hard for a promising young player like harrison barnes to get playing time cuz of him