One of the most coveted “tier 2” free agents, is Andre Iguodala who has enjoyed a great career and is coming off a solid year in Denver while helping to lead them to the third best record in the West. Looking to makes moves under their new ownership, the Sacramento Kings had decided to pursue Iggy instead of focusing on resigning Tyreke Evans.
Once Iguodala said he was going to weigh his options with other teams, the Kings became impatient and pulled their four-year offer from the table, as reported by USA Today:
The Sacramento Kings have pulled their offer to free agent small forward Andre Iguodala, according to a person with knowledge of the decision.
After making a four-year, $52 million bid, the Kings will now group and decide the next move in their rebuilding efforts. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the situation.
But the Kings wanted an answer from Iguodala, who was still considering returning to Denver while also being pursued by the likes of Detroit and others. When Iguodala wasn't prepared to give the answer quick enough for the Kings' liking, they made the calculated decision to go a different direction. What direction that is however, wasn't immediately clear.
With Evans likely to sign the Pelicans' four-year, $44 million offer sheet, the Kings had deliberated on whether they would match but opted to pursue Iguodala even more intently instead. It remains possible that they could reverse course and make Evans the priority yet again, but their next step has yet to be decided.
After catching wind of the news, Andre reacted on Twitter.
WOW!!!!— Andre Iguodala (@andre) July 3, 2013
Really?? Ok... MOTIVATION!!!!!!— Andre Iguodala (@andre) July 3, 2013