Andre Iguodala is likely to draw interest during free agency this summer and he’s reportedly willing to ‘consider’ offers from other teams, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.
Iguodala is an unrestricted free agent this summer and the market could apparently yield a contract in the $20 million range for the 2017 Sixth Man of the Year candidate:
Many teams are expected to pursue discussions with Iguodala, including the Warriors, Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves and Atlanta Hawks, league sources said. Among teams around the league, there’s a belief that the value this summer for a two-way wing such as Iguodala could reach $20 million annually.
Shortly after Charania’s article was published, Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News tweeted that this report contradicts what Iguodala has been saying recently and then added some additional context to the report:
My point to @DannyLeroux on his podcast over the weekend: Is there a team with $18-20M in cap room that will give him 3-4 years?— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) June 19, 2017
If there is, Iguodala has to consider it. If not, he and his agent have to push the Warriors into giving up that third or fourth year.— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) June 19, 2017
But there are a couple additional factors to consider before getting all worked up about this.
First, at 33 and on the downside of his career, would Iguodala really leave a possible dynasty for any of the teams mentioned in Charania’s article? Maybe the Jazz, but there's uncertainty there with Gordon Hayward being a free agent.
Second, given his age and injury history, would any of those teams that need him have the luxury of resting him as needed throughout the regular season so that he can perform at the level he did in Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals? The Warriors can bring him off the bench and limit his minutes throughout the regular season so he can be ready to take on LeBron James or whoever else in the Finals. Some of those other teams with cap space will be fighting just to get into the playoffs or jockey for seeding and will need Iguodala to do more.
Ultimately, this is a great situation for Iguodala and he apparently knows that. This report seems like little more than a play for leverage at the negotiating table to make sure he can squeeze the most out of the Warriors while doing his best to remain with the team. And, hey, he's earned that right after what he has done for this team over the past three years — can't be mad at him.