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#pounditFriday, January 22, 2021

Andre Iguodala thinks time off this season will help prolong his career

Andre Iguodala

Andre Iguodala is looking at the positive side of his current hibernation.

The veteran swingman appeared Friday on ESPN’s “The Jump” and said that he believes his time off this year will ultimately help prolong his NBA career.

“It’s been a blessing in disguise in terms of having this time off,” he said. “I think it’s added some years to my career. Just waking up in the morning, and you don’t have that normal pain. When you wake up in the morning in January the last 16 years, and you’re looking for the pain like, ‘Oh there it is,’ and then you don’t have that. So it’s kinda been good.”

The soon-to-be 36-year-old Iguodala, who is with the Memphis Grizzlies but has not suited up for them all season due to a mutual understanding, could see his situation resolved soon. The NBA trade deadline is on Feb. 6, and plenty of teams have expressed interest in acquiring the former Finals MVP.

As for the longer-term future, the ongoing hiatus may mean that we get to see Iguodala play for an extra season of two, perhaps with this very familiar team.

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