Chris Haynes of ESPN has reported that several teams have interest in unrestricted free agent Andre Iguodala.
Haynes suggests that part of the reason for their pursuit of Iguodala might simply be to level the NBA playing field a bit.
It is not yet known if Iguodala will take meetings.
A significant number of personnel within NBA circles have come to the conclusion that rather than building a superteam, it's much more economically feasible and expeditious to just pluck away talent from the Bay Area juggernauts.
The open market, according to rival executives, poses a serious threat of stealing the 33-year-old veteran from the defending champs come July 1, the first day of the free-agency period.
Putting everything else aside, the key here is that little line indicating that it isn't even known if interest is mutual — this could end up going nowhere and Monte Poole of CSN seems to believe that's Iguodala's preference.
As I wrote last week in response to reports that Iguodala would “consider” other offers, the likelihood of him leaving seems rather low because he's already in a good situation: he's on a team that allows him to play limited minutes while competing for a title, which means he can save himself to shine on the biggest stage. It's an extremely unique situation here.
So, to me, there's no reason to worry about Iguodala leaving. However, Adam Lauridsen tweeted that — contrary to what general managers around the league believe — there isn't even reason to worry about the Warriors if Iguodala does leave.
That whole thread is worthy of your consideration if you're on the verge of panic, but here are a couple of the key points.
Second, McCaw has given Ws another two-way wing player with playmaking ability. Nowhere near Iguodala yet, but useful for soaking up mins.— Fast Break (@GSWFastBreak) June 27, 2017
Third, Iguodala's greatest on-court value is as LeBron defender. If someone in East overtakes CLE, Iguodala's playoff importance is reduced.— Fast Break (@GSWFastBreak) June 27, 2017
So it's not as if the entire dynasty will come tumbling down if Iguodala is no longer around. But it would just make this offseason so much sweeter if the Warriors could re-sign Iguodala despite the competition while the Cleveland Cavaliers continue to fumble around trying to make deals without a general manager.