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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Articles tagged: Andre Iguodala

Andre Iguodala agrees to trade to Heat, gets $30 million contract extension

Andre Iguodala

Andre Iguodala is getting his way, and so are the Miami Heat.

Iguodala is being traded by the Memphis Grizzlies to the Heat, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Wednesday. Justise Winslow is going from Miami to Memphis as part of the trade.

The shocking part of the situation is that Woj says Iguodala has agreed to a two-year, $30 million contract extension with the Heat.

Iguodala is 36 and making $17.1 million this season. He hasn’t played for Memphis, so he will be fresh, but it’s shocking to see him get such a contract from Miami. The second season reportedly is a team option, which makes sense, because that’s a lot of money for a guy who will be 38.

Iguodala will give the Heat a strong wing defender and boost their chances of coming out of the Eastern Conference, where they’re currently fourth in the conference with a 34-15 record. Iguodala paired with Jimmy Butler is going to make Miami’s defense much tougher.

Report: Andre Iguodala close to trade to Heat

Andre Iguodala

The Andre Iguodala saga looks to be nearing an end, and there may be a surprise winner.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Miami Heat are in “advanced discussions” with the Memphis Grizzlies to land Iguodala in a trade.

Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports added that the Los Angeles Lakers made a “Hail Mary attempt” to get Iguodala, but the Heat are the clear frontrunners.

The Heat have come out of nowhere in recent days to become a major player in the Iguodala sweepstakes. It was reported earlier Wednesday that they were a “sleeper” in Iguodala talks. Clearly that is bearing itself out.

Iguodala, who has not played this season, would give the Heat a strong wing defender and boost their chances of coming out of the Eastern Conference. They’re currently fourth in the conference with a 34-15 record.

Report: Heat could be Andre Iguodala ‘sleeper team’

Andre Iguodala

One of the big trade deadline wildcards is the status of Andre Iguodala, and one contender may have a better shot than previously thought.

The Miami Heat, a reported interested suitor for Iguodala, were characterized as a “sleeper team” for the veteran swingman by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Iguodala is currently with the Memphis Grizzlies and has not played this season. It appears likely that it will remain that way unless he gets dealt. That means the pressure is on ahead of Thursday’s deadline to find a place to trade Iguodala that he will approve of. It’s unclear whether the Heat could be that team, as there have been rumors that the veteran swingman would prefer a return to the west coast. With the Heat sitting at 34-15, however, it would be a tempting proposition if he wants to win this year.

Ja Morant fires back at Steph Curry over Andre Iguodala post

Ja Morant

Andre Iguodala has threatened to sit out the remainder of the year if the Memphis Grizzlies don’t trade him or buy out his contract, and the situation now has us on the verge of a full-blown social media war between Iguodala’s current and former teammates.

Iguodala was traded to Memphis from the Golden State Warriors over the summer in a salary dump move, and he has refused to play for his new team. Memphis players were asked about that following Monday night’s win over the Detroit Pistons, and Dillon Brooks said he hopes the Grizzlies trades Iguodala so they can beat the veteran. Ja Morant seemed to agree, as he tweeted a speaking emoji on top of the quote.

Enter Stephen Curry, who won three championships with Iguodala when Iguodala was with the Warriors. In response to Iguodala being ripped by Grizzlies players, Curry defended his former teammate by sharing a photo on social media of Iggy holding the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Morant fired back on Tuesday with a photo of Durant holding the NBA Finals MVP trophy.

Morant then appeared to back down. After Warriors fans descended upon the rookie, he was quick to point out how big of a Curry fan he is.

You can understand why Grizzlies players are frustrated with Iguodala. The 36-year-old has basically told them they are not good enough for him, and he’s going to great lengths to force his way out of Memphis. Iguodala may be in luck with at least one contending team interested in trading for him, but Memphis players have every right to fell ill will toward him.

Heat reportedly have interest in Andre Iguodala trade

Andre Iguodala

Andre Iguodala wants to be traded ahead of Thursday’s deadline, and there is reportedly at least one team that has expressed interest in acquiring the veteran swingman.

The Memphis Grizzlies have had discussions with the Miami Heat about a potential Iguodala trade, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. However, it is unclear if Iguodala will want to play for the Heat, as he may prefer to be traded to a team on the west coast.

The Heat are more of a contender than the Grizzlies, so that may be a factor for Iguodala. He could be a good fit alongside Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo and would give Miami some added depth and experience for the playoffs. Iguodala, 36, won three championships with the Golden State Warriors and was named NBA Finals MVP in 2015.

Iguodala was traded to Memphis by the Warriors last summer in a salary dump move, and he has not played this season essentially out of protest. He has reportedly informed the Grizzlies that he will sit out the remainder of the year if they don’t trade him or buy out his contract, which led to some harsh criticism from his teammates this week.

Steph Curry comes to defense of Andre Iguodala

Andre Iguodala

Andre Iguodala has faced criticism from fans and now his teammates for refusing to play for the Memphis Grizzlies, and it is hardly a surprise that Stephen Curry has his back.

The Golden State Warriors traded Iguodala to the Grizzlies over the summer in a salary cap-saving move, and Iguodala has been seeking a trade or buyout since he landed in Memphis. A report on Monday claimed he is prepared to sit out the entire season if he is not traded to a previously approved team, which led to the 36-year-old being called out by teammates. Curry, Iguodala’s former teammate, came to the swingman’s defense with a post on Instagram.

Obviously, Iguodala’s former Warriors teammates and his current Grizzlies teammates have much different opinions of him, and deservedly so. Iguodala helped Golden State win three championships and was named NBA Finals MVP in 2015. However, he has essentially told the Grizzlies and their players that he is too good for them, which is why he is refusing to play.

Dillon Brooks had some harsh words for Iguodala following the Grizzlies’ win over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night. That is unlikely to change Iguodala’s opinion of the situation, but Memphis is supposedly not going to buy him out if they can’t find a trade partner by Thursday. The situation could get even uglier once the deadline passes.

Dillon Brooks has savage quote about Andre Iguodala

Dillon Brooks

Andre Iguodala is pushing for a trade away from the Memphis Grizzlies, and Dillon Brooks has a great reason for hoping it happens.

Grizzlies players were asked after Monday night’s 96-82 win over the Detroit Pistons where the trade rumors surrounding Iguodala have been a distraction. Brooks said no and said he hopes the team trades the veteran so they can beat Iguodala.

Rookie Ja Morant seemed to agree, as he tweeted a speaking emoji on top of the quote.

You have to love that attitude from Brooks and Morant. Iguodala refusing to play for the Grizzlies is nothing but disrespectful to the franchise and should be taken that way by their players. They should want to destroy Iguodala and show him what he’s missing out on.

Iguodala was traded to Memphis over the offseason and has not reported to the team. He is seeking a trade prior to Thursday’s deadline and reportedly will sit out the rest of the season if he is not dealt to a team he has approved.