Andre Iguodala has been a fundamental cog for the Golden State Warriors during the team’s reign atop the NBA standings the past three seasons. His ability to be a jack of all trades — an all-around crafty defender, sharp setup man, and timely scorer — earned him the 2015 Finals MVP award after replacing Andrew Bogut in the lineup during the team’s last three games as the Warriors took home their first championship in 40 seasons.
The 33-year-old is set to be a free agent this summer and get into negotiations with Golden State, action that will prove difficult while the organization likely prioritizes the re-signing of Stephen Curry and attempts to re-work Kevin Durant‘s contract for the future.
Iguodala has certainly not played like a man in his 30’s, often doing so with plenty of energy at both ends of the floor. He was asked how many years he thought he’d have left in the league, which led to a rather usual fun-loving response.
“Ten,” Iguodala told Connor LeTourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle. “I’ll just lie like that to get leverage.”
If the high-rising swingman is able to keep up his performance in the postseason, he’d drive a hard bargain for the organization — as he’s proved to be an integral part of the culture and played a key role in important wins.
“Andre does a good job of taking care of himself,” said assistant coach Willie Green, who, at 35, is only slightly older than Iguodala. “I think he understands the importance of being at his best going into the playoffs.”
The 13-year pro’s future does not lie in the numbers, but rather in the impact he makes on things that go beyond the scoresheet — his leadership, attention to detail, and energy off the bench.
“We rely on him so much for so many different things,” head coach Steve Kerr said. “He doesn’t get a lot of credit, but he deserves it because he’s a phenomenal basketball player.”