Memphis willing to haul in long-term deals in exchange for Andre Iguodala
The Memphis Grizzlies are determined to get something in return for exiled veteran Andre Iguodala, even being willing to haul in a long-term deal in a trade, according to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer.
It appears that Memphis is hellbent in salvaging something in return for the trusty Swiss army knife after allowing him to work out away from the team after acquiring him alongside a first-round pick from the Golden State Warriors.
The Grizzlies are not even considering a potential buyout of Iguodala’s $17.2 million contract, but being willing to absorb a hefty contract might entice other teams outside of big contenders to roll the dice on the 2015 Finals MVP.
At first, Memphis was obsessed with the prospect of getting a first-round pick in return for Iguodala, a price most NBA front offices saw as too high, considering they had already yielded one from the Warriors in the original deal. It’s unknown if the Grizzlies are still determined to have that as part of any deal, but O’Connor reports that Memphis “is open to any type of trade package” — which would mean a potential second-rounder could be possible in terms of compensation.
The Grizzlies have had little luck at finding suitors for the 35-year-old veteran, who will turn 36 in January. His numbers have steadily declined since playing for the Warriors in 2013, with his health and stamina also coming into question.
Yet his elite basketball IQ and championship-caliber mettle remain unquestioned, as he can be that one missing piece for a title hopeful to get that much closer to its ultimate goal.