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News » Philadelphia 76ers Getting Inside 2008-08-29

Philadelphia 76ers Getting Inside 2008-08-29

Philadelphia 76ers Getting Inside 2008-08-29
Andre Iguodala is thinking big after signing a big contract.

After agreeing to a six-year, $80-million deal that, with incentives, could be worth as much as $85 million to remain a 76er, Iguodala was already looking ahead to the 2012 Olympics and saying the Sixers are capable of making the 2009 Eastern Conference finals and possibly the NBA Finals.

Despite never being an All-Star, the 24-year-old Iguodala said he's confident that he'll represent the U.S. on the men's basketball team in the London Olympics if he continues progressing the way he's been in his first four pro seasons. He has been on the U.S. select team in each of the past two summers.

"2012 is in our sights," Iguodala said. "I'm just looking forward to stepping on the stage and playing for the country. If I improve every year and my stats keep going up and we win, I think I'm a shoo-in."

As for the more immediate future, Iguodala said he believes the addition of free-agent power forward Elton Brand, along with the re-signing of Lou Williams (five years, $25 million), should have the Sixers -- who went 40-42 and lost to the Pistons in the first round of the playoffs -- in the thick of the Eastern Conference race.

"The sky's the limit for us," Iguodala said. "Last year, I said we were going to get to the playoffs and you guys looked at me like I was crazy. This year, I'm saying we're a team that can get to the Eastern Conference finals or the Finals. Once again, people are going to say that's far-fetched, but my whole thing is I think we can reach that. We're a team to contend with in the East. We have high expectations."

Iguodala, who averaged a career-high 19.9 points last season, said he doesn't get caught up in who the Sixers' No. 1 option will be (likely Brand) and who will be No. 2 (himself).

"You have three guys in Boston; you had (Michael) Jordan and (Scottie) Pippen (with the Bulls), so I don't think you can really say who's the No. 1 guy," he said. "The main thing is just the team and who's on tonight and how we work together as one."

Author: Fox Sports
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Added: August 29, 2008


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