Grizzlies willing to keep Andre Iguodala on roster until they get a 1st-round pick in return
When the Golden State Warriors traded forward Andre Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies earlier this offseason, it was widely believed that the Grizzlies would either buy out the former Finals MVP or trade him quickly. Instead, the team has stubbornly held on to the forward with no intention of buying him out. Instead, they will wait to find a trade partner so they can receive some compensation:
There is some belief within league circles that the Grizzlies are prepared to take Andre Iguodala into the season unless they receive a trade offer featuring a future first-round pick
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 12, 2019
If the Grizzlies don’t get an offer, we could see Iguodala in a Memphis jersey when the regular season begins.
Realistically, the Grizzlies don’t really need Iggy. They are in the middle of a rebuild and will be focused on developing their young core built around Jaren Jackson Jr. and Ja Morant. The team has no real shot at contention. Iguodala is in the waning years of his career, but could still help a contender with his defense, clutch shooting, and basketball IQ.
It would be odd if no team coughs up a pick to acquire Iggy before the start of the season. He has already been linked to both Los Angeles teams and the Houston Rockets. Nearly every team that hopes to contend would benefit from his services, so the Grizzlies will likely get an offer eventually.
Hopefully, Iguodala gets to spend the final years of his career on a team that has a legitimate shot of getting the forward his fourth ring.