The Sixers' shooting guard missed the obligatory exit meeting with Philadelphia head coach Doug Collins, team president Rod Thorn and general manager Ed Stefanski on Thursday after Philly was eliminated from the NBA playoffs by the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.
Once news broke that Iguodala had reportedly missed the meeting, concerns were raised as to whether or not the shooting guard would return to Philadelphia for the 2011-12 season. There are ongoing rumors that Iguodala will be making a move to another NBA team soon, but he expressed optimism toward the Sixers' future after Wednesday night's elimination.
"I never said I didn’t want to be here," Iguodala said on Thursday. "Like I said, I just want to compete for titles. We made a lot of strides this year. I think we're heading in the right direction.
"I think it’s something that I always dreamed about — playing in the league," he added. "Once I got here I always wanted to be in one place, not having to move around a lot, being comfortable in one spot. I still feel the same way. Being able to put a stamp on my career and in the Sixers' record books. I always think about that, keep climbing the charts with some of the greatest basketball players ever."
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