Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant reacts to the end of Andre Iguodala chapter after trade to Heat
Per Tim MacMahon of ESPN, Morant expressed his satisfaction with the deal and added that he’s looking forward to lace up with the rest of the team.
“It’s over with, and we’re looking to play with the players that are on the floor. We’re handling business,” Ja Morant shared.
Ja Morant on the Andre Iguodala absentee era ending in Memphis: “It’s over with, and we’re looking to play with the players that are on the floor. We’re handling business.” pic.twitter.com/Hv9dmkaVIb
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) February 6, 2020
As part of the deal, 23-year-old Justise Winslow will head to the Grizzlies. The forward is averaging 11.3 points and 6.6 rebounds per game in his fifth year in the league.
Apart from the big trade, the Grizzlies also secured Dillon Brooks’ future by signing him to a three-year, $35 million extension.
The Grizzlies are one of the big surprises of this year. As of this writing, they sport a 26-25 record for eighth in the competitive Western Conference. With half a season left, Memphis has a chance to qualify for the postseason for the first time since the 2016-17 campaign.
Morant and Brooks have fired shots at Iguodala for not wanting to suit up for the Grizzlies. Morant reportedly liked a tweet that read “f**k Iguodala,” while Brooks said he can’t wait for Iggy to be traded (wish granted!).
Dillon Brooks on Andre Iguodala: “I cant wait til we find a way to trade him so we can play him and show him really what Memphis is about.”
— Mark Giannotto (@mgiannotto) February 4, 2020
To recall, Andre Iguodala was shipped to the Grizzlies over the summer as the Golden State Warriors embarked on rebuilding their squad. Iggy and the Memphis organization agreed that the veteran wing can stay away from the team to train on his own as the franchise attempt to find a suitable trade partner.
Various teams showed interest in trading for Iguodala, but the Grizzlies were intent on letting him go if and only if they get a bunch of high-value assets in return.