For a basketball team that ranks dead last in the NBA in big turnovers, from losing general manager Masai Ujiri to firing coach George Karl, the real big question for the Nuggets is: Will marquee player Andre Iguodala be the next key member of a 57-win squad to bolt town?

"I didn't bring Andre Iguodala to Denver to be here for one year. And that's what I've told him," Nuggets president Josh Kroenke said Friday.

Iguodala can walk away from $16 million on the table in Denver, and opt out of the final year of his contract to search for a better situation elsewhere in the NBA as a free agent.


Can Iguodala be the main man on a championship team? Are his skills worth $16 million per year? I say no.
"You hate Andre, don't you?" Kroenke countered, poking a little good-natured fun at me. "You love to get on Andre."

After winning a gold medal for the United States at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Iguodala averaged 13 points and 5.3 rebounds per game for the Nuggets. For much of the season, he looked uncomfortable adapting to his new teammates.

"I think he's a vital piece on a championship contending team," Kroenke said. "There are only a few true number ones around the NBA. And those guys don't grow on trees, so Andre is a vital piece to a championship contending team."

Cut through all the polite goodbyes and genuine difficulty Kroenke had in firing Karl, and the key elements of the breakup with the veteran coach were the same factors that end many relationships:
Money and commitment.