There are few NBA players - active or retired - with as much self awareness as Andre Iguodala. He has an acute understanding of his reality and the NBA landscape, and isn’t afraid to share it with an entertaining, fascinating, or cryptic quote.
So it shouldn’t be too surprising that Iguodala, of all NBA veterans, was the one who eloquently spoke up about not only his eventual retirement, but the shelf life of his time with one of the NBA’s great dynasties.
In an intriguing interview with Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area, Iguodala addressed his future, both as it pertains to the Warriors, and the NBA as a whole. Grabbing the headlines was the former All-Star’s evaluation of when he’ll retire: “I could probably play a legit five more years, but I’ll probably max out at three more after this year.”
Self-awareness aside, this quote shouldn’t be surprising at all. Iguodala is playing his 15th NBA season, and will turn 35 before the All-Star break. In his five full seasons with the Warriors, he’s missed 19, 5, 17, 6, and 18 games. He’s missed two this year, and was out for much of training camp. It’s remarkable that he’s been as effective as he has been this late in his career, but not at all shocking that the end is somewhat near.
What is more newsworthy is Iguodala addressing his limited time with the Warriors. The wing has been integral to the team’s success, playing a key role off the bench, and joining the starting lineup to win Finals MVP in 2015. He has one year remaining on his contract, at $17.2 million. But, given the team’s current cap situation, that $17.2 million could cost the team tens of millions more in tax payments, thus giving them incentive to trade Iguodala over the summer.
That isn’t lost on the hyper-aware player. He told Poole that, “I possibly have another year here – if we win. That’s it. I know that. I’m fine with it. . . That’s if we win.”
While that may merely represent speculation on Iguodala’s part, or perhaps his famous cryptic tone, it also has a clear implication. He seems to suggest that if the team wins a third-straight title, the Warriors will open up their checkbooks to keep the team in tact for a potential four-peat. But if this is the year that the dynasty shows cracks, the organization will be ready to make some changes, and moving Iguodala (as well as veteran Shaun Livingston) would be the most logical step.
The actual information here isn’t that surprising. But Iguodala’s self-awareness and understanding of the situation is very interesting; though we’ve come to expect as much from him.
Be sure to check out Poole’s full article.