Heat’s Andre Iguodala ‘serious this time’ about when he plans to retire
Miami Heat forward Andre Iguodala is giving hints on when he is going to call it a career.
This time, the 36-year is serious about it:
“I have about a year or two left,” Iguodala told Mark Medina of USA TODAY Sports. “I’m serious this time. I got two left.”
Iguodala has been pondering about retirement for quite a while now, and he has been giving some hints here and there that his days in the NBA are numbered.
The former Golden State Warrior even joked about it during a preseason interview a couple of years back:
Andre Iguodala is now in his 16th NBA season. After the remaining $17.2 million of his current deal, which he originally signed with Golden State, expires this season, Iguodala will make at least $15 million over the next year or two. The Miami Heat acquired Iguodala from the Memphis Grizzlies at this season’s trade deadline and inked him to a two-year, $30 million pact that kicks in next season and includes a team option on the second year.
It’s highly likely that the three-time NBA champion will just ride out his remaining contract years in the NBA. There were some rumors about him returning to the Warriors to finish his career, but he seems pretty happy in Miami and isn’t sure where that noise came from.
Even at 36, Iguodala still offers a valuable veteran presence on any championship team. Though he has taken a bit of a step back, the former Finals MVP remains a steady perimeter defender to take on some of the best wings in the NBA.
This is the main reason why the Heat dealt for him this February. Miami is one of the dark-horse teams in the Eastern Conference. They will need a proven champion like Andre Iguodala to help them against the top teams in the East, such as the favorite Milwaukee Bucks, the defending champion Toronto Raptors, and the emerging Boston Celtics.