Warriors trading Andre Iguodala, future first-rounder to Grizzlies
Just moments after the sign-and-trade of D’Angelo Russell to the Golden Sate Warriors from the Brooklyn Nets, the Warriors traded Andre Iguodala and a future first-rounder to the Memphis Grizzlies to make the deal work salary-cap wise.
Golden State is trading Andre Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies, league source tells ESPN. Warriors are sending a 2024 protected first-round pick in the 2024 (protected 1-4), 2025 (protected 1) and 2026 unprotected.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2019
Iguodala has been a vital part of the Warriors’ dynasty. He helped the team win three championships and reach the NBA Finals five consecutive seasons. He’s also had his fair share of big moments in the playoffs, including his impressive performance during the Dubs’ 2015 championship run that allowed him to nab Finals MVP honors, and his clutch three-pointer at the end of Game 2 against the Toronto Raptors helped Golden State even that series.
However, when the Warriors knew that Kevin Durant was going to the Brooklyn Nets, they were quick to negotiate on a sign-and-trade in order to get something in return for Durant., which they were able to do as they now have Russell.
Unfortunately, Iguodala had to be moved to make it possible.
It is unclear what Iguodala’s plan is moving forward. He still has one year left in his deal, and going from a championship team to a rebuilding team like the Grizzlies might not suit him well, especially since he’s already on the tail-end of his career.
However, if Iggy decides to embrace his role in Memphis, he will be a great mentor to all their young prospects.
Warriors fans might not like the idea of trading away Iguodala, but the team is just doing its best to remain in the hunt for championships. The sign-and-trade for Russell is a testament to that.