Iguodala sees future in Denver

Posted: August 17, 2012

A NDRE IGUODALA says he doesn't want Denver to be just a stopover. The Nuggets wholeheartedly agree.

At his introductory news conference at the Pepsi Center on Thursday, Iguodala said he told Nuggets general manager Masai Ujiri he wants to be here a while.

"We weren't coming into this thinking this will be a 1-year deal," Iguodala said. "This is definitely a place that I can see myself for more than just a year or 2."

Ujiri said he'll work on an extension this upcoming season for the defensive-minded star who helped the U.S. win the gold medal at the London Olympics.

The Nuggets acquired the All-Star swingman from the Sixers in the blockbuster trade that sent Andrew Bynum to the Sixers and Dwight Howard to the Lakers.

Iguodala said he sought out Carmelo Anthony while in London to ask him about Denver and coach George Karl.

"He said I would be a perfect fit for Coach Karl. We two would really gel together," Iguodala recounted.

In more basketball news:

 * Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma said he has "zero" interest in returning as head coach of the U.S. national team for the 2016 Rio Olympics. "If you ask me right now, today, I would say it is somebody else's turn," said Auriemma, who coached the U.S. women to a fifth straight Olympic gold medal.

Colleges * 

Northwestern says the NCAA has ruled freshman center Chier Ajou, the tallest player in school history, eligible for the upcoming basketball season. The 7-2 Ajou moved from South Sudan to the U.S. in 2008. His cousin is Luol Deng of the Chicago Bulls.

* Wide receiver Devon Smith transferred from Penn State to Marshall.

Philly File * 

Dan Leibovitz is leaving Penn's basketball staff to become a player development coach with the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats. Leibovitz, an assistant to Jerome Allen at Penn, had previously been a longtime assistant to John Chaney at Temple and the head coach at the University of Hartford.

* Haverford School senior Matt Galambos committed to Pittsburgh. Galambos, 6-2, 235, is a linebacker who doubles as a tight end.

Sport Stops * 

At the Western & Southern Open in Ohio, Andy Murray was upset, 6-4, 6-4, by France's Jeremy Chardy. Roger Federer, Mardy Fish and Juan Martin del Potro also reached the quarterfinals. On the women's side, Serena Williams won her 19th straight match - her last 12 in straight sets - by beating Urszula Radwanska of Poland, 6-4, 6-3, and advancing to the quarterfinals. Venus Williams needed a long break between sets while beating Sara Errani, 6-3, 6-0.

* Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags will begin his stallion career at Lane's End Farm in Kentucky. The 2,000-acre farm in Versailles, Ky., made the announcement on its website. Union Rags retired last month because of a tendon injury in his left front leg.

* European Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal announced three of his four vice captains, picking Irishmen Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley and Thomas Bjorn of Denmark for the match against the United States, to be held at the Medinah Country Club in Chicago from Sept. 28-30.

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