A lot of change lies ahead for the Golden State Warriors as they embark on their next journey without #35 in uniform. Kevin Durant signed a 4-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets for $164 million, forcing Bob Myers to act quickly in order to gain assets in Durant’s departure. The Warriors were able to acquire D’Angelo Russel (Via sign and trade w/ Brooklyn). Except in order to sign D’Angelo Russel to a 4-year $117 maximum contract and stay below the hard salary cap, the Warriors were forced to trade Andre Iguodala. Who ultimately ended up on the Memphis Grizzlies, but I wouldn’t count out a return to the Warriors in Iguodala’s future.
Since Iguodala was traded, the Warriors would be ineligible to resign the former finals MVP if Memphis were to by him out according to Anthony Slater from the Athletic.
Teams aren’t allowed to use the buyout market to their advantage. Meaning a team cannot trade away a player and then resign him to a minimum contract once they hit the buyout market. (From the team he was traded to originally)
Tim MacMahon reported yesterday that the Grizzlies don’t intend on giving Iguodala a buyout and are searching for potential trade partners for the 3x NBA champion. If that were to happen and Iguodala receives a buyout, the Warriors would be eligible to resign the piece of the puzzle that nobody wearing blue and yellow wanted to lose.
Andre Iguodala helped jump start the Warriors dynasty during the summer of 2013 when he joined the Warriors, and he was a force to be reckoned with. He led the Warriors second unit, created for others on offense, made clutch baskets in big moments, caused defensive havoc with his active hands, and most notably was a tremendous mentor to the young players around him. The Warriors organization and the entire Bay Area would be thrilled at the opportunity of bringing Iguodala back. Let’s hope if the situation presents itself, that he’s thrilled too.