Andre Iguodala agreed to Heat extension without speaking to Pat Riley or Erik Spoelstra
Iguodala knew what he was getting into by joining the Heat and had no doubt Miami was the place for him to possibly finish out his NBA career, via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald:
Andre Iguodala had such a strong conviction about the Heat organization that he agreed to the two-year, $30 million extension — prior to the trade from Memphis – without speaking with Spoelstra or Riley, Iguodala told me on Wednesday. The second year of that extension (2021-22) is a team option.
“I pretty much knew, had a good feel for the team,” he said. “Playing against them in the playoffs, playing against them in the Eastern Conference and kind of seeing the scope of their organization, you pretty much know what it is.”
The Heat are 1-1 with Iguodala in the lineup after first losing to the Portland Trail Blazers and then beating the Golden State Warriors. More importantly, the team now has three elite defenders in Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo and Iggy.
Last season for the Golden State Warriors, Iguodala averaged 5.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists while shooting 50.0 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 58.2 percent from the free-throw line. The now-36-year-old swingman put up 9.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game in the 2019 playoffs.
The Heat are excited to see what Iguodala looks like with Butler and Adebayo in a few weeks once his timing and rhythm are up to speed. Miami is 35-18 on the season, which is good for fourth place in the Eastern Conference. The Heat are only 5-5 in their last 10 games, though, and they’re hoping Iguodala, Jae Crowder and perhaps even Solomon Hill can provide a boost.