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Report: Andre Iguodala will sit out season if Grizzlies do not trade him

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Andre Iguodala has already missed nearly two-thirds of the current season, and that absence could go on even longer.

Iguodala was traded by the Golden State Warriors to the Memphis Grizzlies over the summer so that Golden State could create salary cap space to add D’Angelo Russell and retain Klay Thompson. Iguodala has not reported to Memphis and apparently is prepared to sit out the entire season.

The Athletic’s David Aldridge reported on Monday that Iguodala will sit out the season if he is not traded to a previously approved team.

This makes sense, considering a report earlier in the day said Memphis was adamant that it would not buy out the veteran.

It seems clear that the Grizzlies are trying to do everything possible to create a trade market where perhaps one does not exist. This seems to be their way of telling teams to step up with a trade offer or risk not getting Iguodala. The 36-year-old doesn’t seem like he would mind if he doesn’t play this season.

Grizzlies reportedly ‘adamant’ they will not buy out Andre Iguodala

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Andre Iguodala has not played in a game this season with the Memphis Grizzlies, but the team insists the only way he will be removed from the roster is via trade.

The Grizzlies are looking to move Iguodala ahead of Thursday’s deadline, but Marc Stein of the New York Times reports that they remain “adamant” about not agreeing to a buyout with Iguodala even if they can’t trade him.

There have not been any substantial trade talks involving Iguodala, and Stein adds that the Dallas Mavericks are looking for wing help but do not want to trade for the 36-year-old. The Mavs could be among the teams who would prefer to wait the situation out to see if Memphis will actually keep Iguodala down the stretch.

The Golden State Warriors traded Iguodala to the Grizzlies last offseason in a financially motivated move, and there has been talk that he could return to Golden State next season. NBA rules prevent the Warriors from re-acquiring Iguodala before the offseason.

Iguodala never wanted to play for Memphis in the first place, and the Grizzlies could just be doing everything they can to maintain a position of strength before the deadline. The swingman believes not playing at all this season may have actually helped his career.

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

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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.

Andre Iguodala could return to Warriors this summer?

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While much has been made of Andre Iguodala’s immediate NBA future, his future after this season could pose the more interesting proposition.

The Athletic’s Anthony Slater reported this week that Iguodala and the Golden State Warriors share mutual interest in a reunion this summer. Slater adds that the former Finals MVP still lives in the Bay Area and remains deeply connected to those in the organization who matter.

The 35-year-old Iguodala, who spent the last six seasons with the Warriors and played an instrumental role in bringing them three championships, would have to wait until the summer regardless. After trading him to the Memphis Grizzlies last offseason in a salary-saving move, the Warriors are barred from reacquiring him this season. Iguodala, meanwhile, has yet to play in a single game for Memphis and figures to be traded before the February deadline.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr recently discussed how painful Iguodala’s exit was, so a return home for the veteran would obviously be a most welcome outcome.

Report: Mavericks out on Andre Iguodala

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Andre Iguodala’s list of potential suitors appears to be narrowing.

Marc Stein of the New York Times reported Friday that the Dallas Mavericks are not actively pursuing a trade for the veteran swingman and do not plan to. Stein adds that the Mavs are fans of Iguodala and had interest over the summer but remain measured with their trade targets.

Dallas had been gaining steam as a possible destination for the 35-year-old after their 18-9 start to the season and their apparent need for another big wing defender. The Memphis Grizzlies remain adamant though that they are seeking a trade for Iguodala, who has not played for them all year, and do not intend to buy him out.

Many executives believe Iguodala will land with another top Western team, and the path may be clearer now that the Mavs seem to be out on him.

Report: Many NBA executives believe Andre Iguodala will be traded to Lakers

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Andre Iguodala’s status remains unresolved, with the veteran swingman currently sitting out games for the Memphis Grizzlies as he awaits a trade. When this trade will happen is unclear, but there seems to be a growing consensus regarding who will land him.

David Aldridge of The Athletic asked several executives about Iguodala, and all who answered agreed that the former Finals MVP’s ultimate destination is likely the Los Angeles Lakers. One suggested that the Lakers offer Iguodala the “best combination of ring chance and role.”

The notion that Iguodala is likely to land with the Lakers is so strong that there is a belief in league circles that it could dissuade other teams from engaging in trade dialogue with Memphis.

Iguodala remains a useful player. He played in 68 games for the Warriors last year as a valuable reserve, and he played a full 30 minutes per game in the 2019 playoffs. Multiple teams reportedly wanted him, including the Lakers’ city rivals, but they may fall short here.

Report: Grizzlies agree to continue pursuing Andre Iguodala trades

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Andre Iguodala may end up playing for the Memphis Grizzlies for a portion of the 2019-20 season, but the team is not planning to hold the veteran swingman hostage for an entire year.

Iguodala and the Grizzlies have an agreement in place where the 35-year-old does not have to report to training camp and the team will continue to search for a trade partner for him, Chris Herrington of The Daily Memphian reports. Memphis has agreed to allow Iguodala to continue with his private workouts, but the understanding is that he could remain on the roster until well into the season.

Iguodala told NBC Sports Bay Area this week that he is “on the same page” with the Grizzlies, so it does not appear there is any tension between him and the team. Players who signed as free agents this summer are not eligible to be traded until Dec. 15, so Memphis may have an easier time finding a team to trade with at that point.

A previous report indicated that the Grizzlies expected Iguodala to report to camp and were refusing to engage in buyout talks with him. That is likely because they believe they can get something of value for him on the trade market.

Iguodala is owed $17.2 million next season, and the Golden State Warriors needed to unload his salary in order to complete the three-team, sign-and-trade deal that landed them D’Angelo Russell. They also sent a 2024 first-round draft pick to Memphis in the trade, so the initial belief was that the Grizzlies were simply buying a first-round pick. That may still be true, but they also want to acquire another pick by unloading Iguodala.

There are multiple teams that reportedly want to add Iguodala, which isn’t a surprise given his impressive resume.

Report: Grizzlies refusing to engage in buyout talks with Andre Iguodala

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The Memphis Grizzlies have entered a rebuilding phase and seemingly have no use for a player like Andre Iguodala, but they are apparently holding firm with their commitment to not allow the veteran swingman to become a free agent.

The Grizzlies are refusing to engage in buyout talks with Iguodala and expect him to show up to training camp, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

Tthe Grizzlies already reached a buyout agreement with Dwight Howard (which allowed him to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers), and they were expected to do the same with Iguodala. However, Iguodala has more value and has already generated interest on the trade market, so it seems like Memphis is still trying to get something in return for him.

Iguodala is owed $17.2 million next season, and the Golden State Warriors needed to unload his salary in order to complete the three-team, sign-and-trade deal that landed them D’Angelo Russell. They also sent a 2024 first-round draft pick to Memphis in the trade, so the initial belief was that the Grizzlies were simply buying a first-round pick. That may still be true, but they also want to acquire another pick by unloading Iguodala.

There are multiple teams that reportedly want to add Iguodala, so refusing to engage in buyout talks with him is probably strategy for the Grizzlies.

Steve Kerr says Andre Iguodala’s departure was most painful of his coaching career

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The loss of veteran swingman Andre Iguodala has been particularly difficult for Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr.

Appearing this week on The Warriors Insider Podcast, Kerr was open about how devastating Iguodala’s departure this summer was.

“That was a complete gut punch,” he said, per Monte Poole of NBC Sports. “I’m not going to lie. That was probably the most … not even probably — that was the most painful loss, in terms of a personnel move, that I’ve felt as a coach in my five years.

“Guys in this profession come and go pretty quickly. It’s a very fluid business,” Kerr continued. “But for what Andre has meant to not only our team but to me personally, as a coach, for accepting his role, for mentoring younger players, for monitoring the bench and keeping everything going — the respect the stars had for him combined with his mentoring of the younger players — Andre was the unsung hero of all this. For him to move on was just devastating for me.”

Iguodala, who was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in a cap-saving move after Kevin Durant’s departure this summer, was a rock for the Warriors during six seasons with them that resulted in three titles. His defense and playmaking made him irreplaceable in their Death Lineup and his veteran intangibles and leadership qualities on top of that completed him as an elite glue guy.

Kerr has said that he expects Iguodala, his fellow University of Arizona product, to play for several more years, and it will obviously take a while for him to stomach that those years will no longer be coming with the Warriors.

Rockets, Clippers reportedly want Andre Iguodala but are facing obstacles

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The Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers are two contending teams that would love to add a player with the experience Andre Iguodala can bring, but they are finding that may be a lot easier said than done.

Shams Charania of The Athletic confirmed on Monday that the Rockets and Clippers are “strongly pursuing” Iguodala, but both are running into obstacles in talks with the Memphis Grizzlies. The Rockets are concerned about the significant luxury tax bill they would rack up by working out a sign-and-trade for Iguodala and giving up a draft pick. LA would likely have to send forward Maurice Harkless to Memphis, and that is not ideal for them.

In other words, the two teams that want Iguodala more than any others may not be the best trade suitors. That could result in them having to get a third team involved, which always complicates a deal further.

It makes sense that the Grizzlies want to trade Iguodala rather than buying out his contract, as the Clippers and Rockets are not the only two teams that have shown serious interest. The demand for the 35-year-old makes him a valuable asset to Memphis at the moment.