Iguodala wants to stay in Denver

Andre Iguodala said he gained confidence with the 76ers.
Andre Iguodala said he gained confidence with the 76ers.
Posted: August 18, 2012

DENVER - Andre Iguodala says he doesn't want Denver to be just a stopover. The Nuggets wholeheartedly agree.

The Nuggets acquired the all-star swingman from the 76ers in the blockbuster trade that sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Iguodala is under contract for this season with a player option for 2013-14. At his introductory news conference at the Pepsi Center on Thursday, he 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 one-year deal," Iguodala said. ". . . This is definitely a place that I can see myself for more than just a year or two."

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

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

Don't worry, Nuggets fans, Melo didn't rip his old coach.

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

Iguodala knows Melo and Karl had their moments, both good and bad, together.

"It's the nature of basketball sometimes, every player and coach are going to have run-ins. George Karl made him a better player and Melo made him a better coach," Iguodala said.

Iguodala credited his time with the Sixers with helping him become the player he is today.

"My game has really picked up in the NBA," Iguodala said. "My whole life I've felt like I can do anything on the basketball court, from playing point guard in high school to having to play center one year in high school, doing everything in college and going through different roles in Philadelphia. Coming in being a rookie, just a defensive stopper and having to be a scorer for three or four years in between there. I've got a lot of confidence that I'll be able to take the big shot or make the play that gets us the shot."

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