He wasn’t the only free agent shocked by the offer he received this summer, when new national TV deals launched the salary cap into the stratosphere.
He was almost as stunned as you by Portland’s mega-offer, by the way, which turned out to be for four years and $70 million. Turner’s agent made him promise not to tell anyone about the proposal until he signed it. Turner was too giddy, though. He hung up with his agent, immediately called Andre Iguodala, still a close friend and mentor, and blurted out, “Yo, Dre! They offered this!” Turner recalled, laughing. Iguodala told him to take the deal right away.
Andre Iguodala cares about players getting paid. His advice to Turner was sound. Take the money.