The Golden State Warriors plan to retire Andre Iguodala’s jersey when the veteran wing concludes his playing days.
Team CEO and Co-Chairman Joe Lacob disclosed that information on Sunday morning, as the Warriors formally announced the trade that will send Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Warriors trade Andre Iguodala to Memphis pic.twitter.com/F1Os1Zdk8c— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) July 7, 2019
Here’s Lacob’s full statement:
During the summer of 2013, we went through an extensive free agency process in our efforts to sign Andre Iguodala. At that time, we envisioned him becoming a vital part of a young, up-and-coming team with championship aspirations. As we look back six years later, we actually underestimated what his value would be to our team, both on the court and in the locker room. In what has been well-documented, Andre sacrificed for the betterment of our team and, in one of the best stories of this journey, earned NBA Finals MVP honors in 2015. He has been absolutely vital to our success during five consecutive appearances in the NBA Finals and three championships. We thank Andre for his contributions and look forward to seeing his number in the rafters at Chase Center.
Lacob previously announced that no player would wear Kevin Durant’s number 35 jersey again, as long as he is Co-Chairman of the team. Durant’s jersey will almost surely be formally retired.
However, the Warriors were unable to thank or recognize Iguodala during the last week, since he was technically still under contract with the team. With the moratorium lifting, and the Warriors and Grizzlies being able to finalize the trade, the team has been able to officially and publicly say thanks to a player who was a huge part of their dynasty.
The Warriors also celebrated Iguodala on their Twitter page:
Shortly after the news, Iguodala posted the following on his Twitter account:
Power to the people...— andre (@andre) July 7, 2019