RUMOR: Clippers among first in line to get Andre Iguodala if Grizzlies agree to buyout, trade unrealistic unless price is reduced
A trade however, is rather unlikely, according to Jovan Buha of The Athletic, who told colleague Omari Sankofa II the Grizzlies’ price is simply too steep for a team that just gave up five first-round picks trading for Paul George.
“If Iguodala is bought out, the Clippers will be among the first in line to try to sign him. But I don’t think a trade is realistic,” wrote Buha. “L.A. is already deep on the wings, and I’m not quite sure Iguodala’s a better player than, say, Moe Harkless.”
The Grizzlies have been intent in acquiring a first-round pick in a trade for Iguodala, despite already receiving one to haul in Iggy’s $17 million expiring contract this offseason.
The Clippers have fortified their roster, which now revolves around George and Kawhi Leonard, yet unless pushed by their star duo, it’s unlikely this well-centered team will risk it all for the 35-year-old biscuit.
“They have their 2020 and 2021 first-round picks, though I believe only their 2020 can be traded. I don’t see that happening. As for Jerome Robinson, I know the team is still relatively high on him despite his inconsistent rookie season and summer league play. I think it’s far too early to give up on him,” wrote Buha. “That said, if Kawhi Leonard and/or Paul George are pushing the front office to acquire Iguodala, I could possibly see them moving him. A more realistic trade would probably be Harkless and a second-round pick, but again, I’m not sure the Clippers want to just give up Harkless. I have a feeling this process is going to get dragged out, with Memphis either settling for a lower package than they anticipated or them eventually cutting bait on Iggy.”
Memphis is asking high, hoping someone bites on the urge, and they could very well keep this price up until the trade deadline.
If they haven’t lowered it by then and settled for a lesser return, they could agree on a buyout instead of paying the full extent of his deal, knowing he will walk away at season’s end.