PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Andre Iguodala, who helped the Philadelphia 76ers reach the playoffs for the first time in three years, was rewarded Monday with the official announcement of a six-year contract worth a reported $80 million.
``We felt like he had a very good track record to warrant a contract like that,'' Sixers president Ed Stefanski said. ``We think he's got the upside to become an even better player than he is today.''
The 24-year-old swingman could have played this season under the terms of a one-year, $3.8 million qualifying offer and become an unrestricted free agent next year. When Philadelphia signed forward Elton Brand away from the Los Angeles Clippers, it became evident that keeping Iguodala was vital.
``We clearly wanted Andre in a Sixers uniform,'' Stefanski said.
Iguodala was the ninth overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. He averaged 19.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.1 steals in 82 games last season. But he struggled against the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the playoffs, averaging only 13.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game as the Sixers were eliminated in six games.
Over his four-year career, Iguodala has been quite durable, playing in 322 of 328 games while averaging 14.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists.
``I think a lot of guys kind of relax when they get their money,'' Iguodala said. ``They're like, 'I got my money. Maybe I don't have to be as hungry.' My mind-set is to work just as hard as I always have if not harder every day to prove myself.''
Iguodala was surrounded by many double teams in the playoff series against the Pistons. With the addition of a marquee player like Brand, he is expected to have more open looks at the basket.
``I've been working on my shooting every day,'' Iguodala said. ``I'm not satisfied by any means.''
He said he is happy with the contract, especially considering the fact that he turned down a reported $57 million offered at the start of last season.
``People thought I was crazy,'' Iguodala said. ``I put pressure on myself and I feel like that's the most pressure a player can have. My No. 1 goal was to come back.''
Advertisement

Top NBA Public Bets

NBA Top Stories

Thumbnail Tim Duncan retires The San Antonio Spurs lost their franchise player on Monday, as Tim Duncan elected to retire after an amazing 19-year...
Thumbnail Rockets give Harden an extension The Houston Rockets locked up their star player for years to come, announcing an extension with James Harden on...
Thumbnail OKC's title odds plummet without Durant Following the announcement that Kevin Durant will be signing with the Golden State Warriors, the Oklahoma City Thunder's NBA title...
Thumbnail Durant heading to Golden State The shoe finally dropped in the Kevin Durant sweepstakes, as he has elected to sign with the Golden State Warriors for next...
Thumbnail Warriors now 2/3 to win title with Durant The Golden State Warriors were already favored to win the 2017 NBA Finals championship, but their odds improved even more after...
More inNBA Articles  
Advertisement

NBA Team Pages