The Memphis Grizzlies are undergoing some changes. They are a rebuilding team that hopes to build around pieces such as Jaren Jackson Jr. and Ja Morant. Jackson was their pick in the 2018 draft and Morant was their pick in this year’s draft.
The Grizzlies also received another rookie, as they agreed to a deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder. They received Brandon Clarke as they traded the draft right of Darius Bazley during a draft-night trade. With new additions (Jackson, Morant and Clarke) and subtractions (such as veteran Mike Conley), the Grizzlies are a whole new team. However, they have a veteran that can help grow.
Over the summer, the Grizzlies received veteran guard/forward Andre Iguodala in a trade with the Warriors.
The Warriors traded Iguodala in exchange for Julian Washburn and a traded player exception. Golden State made the move to free cap space for a sign-and-trade involving D’Angelo Russell.
Since then, Iguodala has remained with the Grizzlies. While there have been rumors of a potential buyout, the Grizzlies may have other plans. According to Shams Charania, Memphis wants Iguodala to report to training camp. They are also refusing to engage in a buyout. So. Iguodala remains with Memphis as training camp/preseason approaches.
Sources: Memphis wants three-time champion Andre Iguodala to report to training camp and is refusing right now to engage in buyout, which would prevent Iguodala from finishing a Hall of Fame career on his terms because this may be his final NBA season.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 9, 2019
Iguodala is a 14-year veteran, who started his career with the Philadelphia 76ers. They drafted him with the ninth pick of the 2004 draft. Iguodala remained with the Sixers until he was traded to the Denver Nuggets in 2012. Then, he joined the Warriors in 2013.
During his time with the Warriors, Iguodala was a crucial player in their championship wins. His play (be it in the starting lineup or off the bench) helped the Warriors succeed. Whether it was on the defensive end or him knocking down shots, “Iggy” helped the Warriors when they needed it most.
At this point, Iguodala may be in the twilight of his career. While he could be a valuable player/mentor for the Grizzlies( like Vince Carter and the Hawks), he may be better off with a contending team.
Will Iguodala remains with the Grizzlies? It is hard to say. However, if he does remain with them, they have a great veteran on their hands.
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