WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 22: Andre Iguodala #9, Wilson Chandler #3, and Ty Lawson #3 of the Denver Nuggets walk off the floor during a second half timeout against the Washington Wizards during their 119-113 loss at Verizon Center on February 22, 2013 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
KUSA- The Nuggets may not be a playoff contender even with the likes of Andre Iguodala on their roster, see 2012, so they surely aren't going to be making a postseason push without him. Even Denver's point guard seems to realize that.
"You know I was disappointed. I felt like he was one of the big pieces we needed to come back to still contend and be where we were last year," said Ty Lawson. "It was kind of hurtful and hard to see him go to Golden State."
Coincidently, the same team that beat the Nuggets in the playoffs, the Warriors, topped them again to get the unrestricted free agent.
Iguodala's impact during the 57-win regular season, a franchise record, in his sole year in Denver was significant if not always directly evident in the box score. His points (13.0), rebounds (5.3) and assists (5.4) per game were far outweighed by his defense, playmaking ability and leadership role with one of the youngest teams in the NBA.
Iguodala will be nearly impossible to replace, but this time Lawson is a little more optimistic about their formidable situation.
"It's no time to panic right now. We have our core intact," Lawson stated, or in essence a plea to fans, complimenting Denver's organization and future. "The Kroenke's have a game plan and they are going to follow through with it. Don't panic at all we're going to be good."
The Nuggets have signed Randy Foye and drafted Erick Green to try to fill the evident void at shooting guard.
Iguodala absence isn't the only one of note, neither on the roster nor in key positions with the franchise. A new general manager and head coach have already begun shuffling players, starting center Kosta Koufos and swingman Corey Brewer are gone as well, to rearrange and reorder what they believe to be the most opportunistic position to win.
"I don't know if it's going to be a new team but it's definitely going to be a new look," said Lawson. "I'm excited though... I think we'll be alright."
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