Unlike last offseason, the Nuggets don't have multiple huge contracts to take care of, but the team faces arguably more significant roster decisions.
The get-to-know-you aspect of the team's rebuilding plan is over. That was a big chunk of what this past season was all about, learning who could do what and how well everyone meshed. Now the Nuggets know their deficiencies, have seen growth in younger players, know what they want their team to look like in the future and are in position to make roster decisions to try to get to the next level.
First the obvious: Forward Andre Iguodala is expected to opt out of the final year of his contract, forgoing $16 million next season in search of a long-term deal even if the money wouldn't rise to the same level on a per-year basis. He'll be an unrestricted free agent, but the Nuggets have a chance at retaining his services as long as the price is right.
The Nuggets have $51 million in guaranteed salary already tied up for next season. The salary cap was $58.044 million for the 2012-13 season. The luxury tax is $70.307 million. Neither of those numbers will go down next season, meaning even with contract decisions to be made on Iguodala and unrestricted free agent Corey Brewer, the Nuggets, who were well under the luxury tax, are in good financial shape.
Iguodala, who struggled offensively during the regular season and much of the postseason, has taken the temperature of the organization and where it is headed all season long. He wants to be with a winner and with a franchise headed in a contending direction. Despite a first-round exit, both of those things exist in Denver, along with the ability to get a fifth contract year on a new extension with the Nuggets, something he could not get with any other team under the new collective bargaining agreement.
Still, with unrestricted free-agent status comes options and Iguodala will be one of the coveted players on the open

Nuggets swingman Corey Brewer made $3.2 million this season and likely will cost the team $5.1 million in 2013-14. He went 1-for-8 for two points in Thursday night's Game 6 loss to the Golden State Warriors. He will take a look at what offers he can get.