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Pistons to pursue Andre Iguodala

David Aldridge of NBA.com:

Nuggets free agent forward Andre Iguodala will be one of the more coveted players in free agency, according to several league sources. Among those expected to come at the 29-year-old Olympian and 2012 All-Star hardest, according to sources, is the Detroit Pistons

The Pistons need a small forward and have the cap room to pursue Iguodala, who might command a four-year contract worth about $12 million per season. Iguodala played for Maurice Cheeks with the 76ers, and  Iguodala would also immediately become one of the Pistons’ top players. At first glance, this makes a lot of sense and would undoubtedly make the Pistons better next season.

But Iguodala is 29, that hurts his long-term value, an issue I explain in greater detail at ProBasketballTalk.

28 Comments

  • Jun 30, 201310:22 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Iggy stays in Great Shape..when was his last major injury or missed of games ….so his 29 is more like 27 …

    He’s worth the play-off push, he’s one of the best all-around players in the league…he would make everyone on the team better, and there is not a SF/SG he can not defend…

  • Jun 30, 201310:29 pm
    by Atlas

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    I gotta feeling he’s coming…. that’s just me tho ! But I would love to keep JOSE also..

  • Jun 30, 201310:32 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    iggy would be great

  • Jun 30, 201310:40 pm
    by gmehl

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    Yep i’d much rather we pursue Iggy than Josh Smith. I mean a line up of:
    PG Knight
    SG: KCP
    SF: Iggy
    PF: Monroe
    C: Drummond

    looks far more balanced than:
    PG Knight
    SG: KCP
    SF: Smith
    PF: Monroe
    C: Drummond 

    • Jun 30, 201311:34 pm
      by ryan

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      I agree whole heartedly. Andre Iguodala is a better addition than Josh Smith in every way imaginable. He’d immediately improve our defense and become a role model for lots of younger guys. I really like our perimeter defense with Knight, Caldwell-Pope and Iguodala. I also like Iguodala’s all around game and think going up against him in practice will be great for whatever bench small forwards we keep.

  • Jun 30, 201310:41 pm
    by Taylor

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    If the Pistons sign any big names in free agency this would be the guy. However I would be wary of giving him a max contract since he is about to turn 30 and doesn’t have a jumpshot

    • Jun 30, 201311:15 pm
      by gmehl

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      If we could manage to get Iggy as our staring SF it would to lockdown the opposite SF. We don’t need him to knock down shots like Steph Curry but rather just hit his open ones which he is capable of. His value is the points he stops rather than the ones he scores. Yes he is on the verge of 30 but we can’t have a team full of rookies and Sophomores. We need some level of experience and I am all for the move if Joe can manage to do it. The thing is Joe has to have his figure set that he will not go above. Wait and see what other teams are willing to offer and be prepared to walk away if its too high (much like when buying a house). 

  • Jun 30, 201310:54 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Tyreke would be a better option than Josh Smith … and Tyreke is young that Iggy

    • Jun 30, 201310:57 pm
      by I HATE FRANK

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      “Tyreke is younger than Iggy”

    • Jun 30, 201311:21 pm
      by gmehl

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      Tyreke has got no chance of being a piston now that Stuckey is still on the roster being shopped. It is clear now that the team needs a starting caliber SF which Tyreke is not even if the Kings tried to make him one. He is a 3 way tween IMO as he is not a PG, SG or SF. I think the poor guy has been so damaged by the Kings which is a shame because he had such an awesome rookie season. He’d be a pass for me.

      • Jun 30, 201311:29 pm
        by Jon

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        he’s still so young. his production started to dip as soon as the insane demarcus cousins showed up. before that he was on the fast track to superstardum. what does stuckey have anything to do with it? he’s not gonna be here long so he shouldn’t impact anything that is done in FA.

        • Jul 1, 201312:50 am
          by gmehl

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          Jon it is clear that Dumars is after shooters that can space the floor for our 2 franchise cornerstones in Moose and Drummond. All having a guy like Tyreke would do is clog up the lane more. Dumars is building this team from the inside out and 3 & D players is what is now needed to make things click not players like Stuckey and Tyreke who need the ball in there hands to be effective. We’ve just seen what it was like to have a player like Stuckey on this team so why bring in one that is only marginally better than him.

        • Jul 1, 20131:02 am
          by gmehl

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          Jon it is clear that Dumars is after shooters that can space the floor for our 2 franchise cornerstones in Moose and Drummond. All having a guy like Tyreke would do is clog up the lane more. Dumars is building this team from the inside out and 3 & D players is what is now needed to make things click not players like Stuckey and Tyreke who need the ball in there hands to be effective. We’ve just seen what it was like to have a player like Stuckey on this team so why bring in one that is only marginally better than him.

        • Jul 1, 20131:03 am
          by gmehl

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          Jon it is clear that Dumars is after shooters that can space the floor for our 2 franchise cornerstones in Moose and Drummond. All having a guy like Tyreke would do is clog up the lane more. Dumars is building this team from the inside out and 3 & D players is what is now needed to make things click not players like Stuckey and Tyreke who need the ball in there hands to be effective. We’ve just seen what it was like to have a player like Stuckey on this team so why bring in one that is only marginally better than him

          • Jul 1, 20131:06 am
            by gmehl

            Wow a triple post. I’ve never seen that happen here before.

    • Jun 30, 201311:23 pm
      by Jon

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      yep tyreke seems like he should be the pistons top priority to me if they are insistent on spending money this summer. he’s young, has experience at 3 positions, has an elite ability (getting to the rim), is a better passer than advertised, and is expendable to SAC since they just drafted their SG of the future

  • Jun 30, 201311:11 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    SGonna be very honest…I’m very excited about he Pistons…
     
    I said it over,and over again… We needed to become more athletic and quicker …
     
    We add Pope,Mitchell, Siva … All some the best athletes at there position in the draft (Mitchell best athlete in the draft)
     
    Now we are likely going to sign Igoudala,Josh Smith, or hopefully Tyreke as a back up plan

    That’s whaat we need 

  • Jun 30, 201311:12 pm
    by Ozzie-Moto

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    No No Please ….  I have a bad feeling about this.  Cheeks familiarity. Dumar’s needing something to happen fast etc.   Unless they are trading Moose this is just not a good fit… Already will have 2 inside guy and not a open lane …. Iggy just is not a good enough shooter, and his game is predicated on pushing his athleticism to the max and it going to be very hard to maintain that over more than a couple of years …
    This is Dumars problem… to much of the roster is some how safe to him yet dysfunctional while there here because the don’t add up as a group. There been huge unbalances in the roster. why don’t we try to convert a few more combo guards to starting point guards just for fun because we haven’t learned as well (heavy sarcasm)   If the team starts the season with out a point guard good enough to throw a lob or get the ball to Moose where he needs it I’m not sure i can watch …..

    • Jun 30, 201311:31 pm
      by Max

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      Sure, the Pistons would have scoring issues if they signed Iggy but the opposing team would have bigger scoring issues and might not even score 80 or 90.   I’d spend the farm on Iggy because he would instantly make the team relevant again.   It’s no accident that Denver had their best winning season ever the one season they had Iggy.

  • Jun 30, 201311:35 pm
    by tiko

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    get ‘em Joe! Millsap should be targeted next

    • Jun 30, 201311:40 pm
      by Max

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      Please no Millsap.   I love his game, attitude and everything about him but signing him would give Cheeks the opportunity and temptation to not start Drummond and that can’t happen again.  

  • Jun 30, 201311:42 pm
    by Atlas

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    Why would we target millsap -_- he wants to start! And he’s not replacing moose nor drummond!!

  • Jun 30, 201311:44 pm
    by Atlas

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    @Max that’s exactly  what I’m saying!

  • Jun 30, 201311:58 pm
    by haydzzz

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    If we can somehow get iggy and Martin in the line up… Delicious

  • Jul 1, 201312:01 am
    by Filo Putz

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    29 seems to be the age where historically guys whose athleticism is integral to their game begins to tail off. Unless they develop compensatory skills after that they don’t continue at their previous level. It’s not a hard and fast rule just a generalization, but athleticism has to wane at some point. It usually happens between 29, and for the lucky ones,32.

  • Jul 1, 201312:10 am
    by Jay

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    just heard a rumor about Josh Smith meeting with the Pistons right now

  • Jul 1, 201312:11 am
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Tyreke looks like he is going to New Orleans … he should haave been our tarfet

    Another thought we are one of the few teams that could land rondo if we really want him, end of the day Stuckey and Charlie come off the books at around 15 mill, and we have a young PG … very tempting IF we are willing to take on some big contracts …

    • Jul 1, 201312:27 am
      by Jon

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      they don’t have much cap space though. hopefully that’ll delay them enough while they’re looking for trades so that the pistons can get a meeting with him and convince him to sign here. that does seem like a long shot though since i’ve heard nothing about the pistons interest in him

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