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Nuggets' Iguodala expected to test free agency

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Andre Iguodala is expected to forego the final year of his contract with the Denver Nuggets and test free agency after this season.

Iguodala, 29, has a player option worth around $16.1 million next season, but admitted he will strongly consider seeking a lucrative multi-year deal.

"Yeah, definitely,'' Iguodala, told Fox Sports Florida. "You got to weigh options. Security-wise, a player would opt out, 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.

"Players get like $50, $60 or $70 or $80 (million over multiple years), whatever the number was, they gave up a big number (in an option season by opting out). But in the grand scheme of things, pretty much get it back. You got security.''

Iguodala certainly left the door open to re-signing with the Nuggets, who are 50-24 this season. He is averaging 15.0 points per game - his highest mark since averaging 17.1 in the 2009-2010 season with the Philadelphia 76ers. However, Iguodala's primary strength is as one of the best wing defenders in the NBA.

"My main goal is, if we win here, everything will take care of itself, no matter what,'' Iguodala said. "I want to play for a team where I have an impact on the game without even scoring ... I feel like if I win (with the Nuggets), I won't have to worry about having to prove my worth.

"Obviously, it's a business, so you're going to look at your options. Here we have some good (prospects). But I'm not making any promises. But I've liked the last month and a half, two months, three months or however long (that Denver has been on a roll). It's important for the future, so I'm just trying to win.''
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