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Chris Bosh grades Miami’s acquisition of Andre Iguodala

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Chris Bosh praised the Miami Heat for their stealthy acquisition of veteran Andre Iguodala, which they made with an expertly keen eye.

Throughout the whole 2019-20 season, writers, pundits, and analysts only cited both Los Angeles teams in a turf war as the main contenders to get Iguodala. Yet the Lakers had few salaries that could match Iguodala’s $17.2 million which he’s owed this season and the Clippers were devoid of first-round assets, which the Memphis Grizzlies were hellbent in getting in return.

While other teams like the Denver Nuggets and the Philadelphia 76ers emerged as potential outsiders that could reel him in, it was the Heat coming out of the woodwork to pry him away, just a couple of snap-quick tweets away from securing his interest and a two-year contract extension for the Swiss army knife.

Bosh effusively praised how Miami played its cards:

Via Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:

“I’m going to have to go and give an A-plus to my guys in Miami. Didn’t see that one coming,” Bosh said in a video, as the Heat completed a four-team trade that landed them Jae Crowder and Solomon Hill while sending the often-injured Justise Winslow to the Grizzlies. “First and foremost, my man Justise Winslow, you know, you hate to see him go, and we can get caught up in what the business of basketball is and all those things. This is one of the parts that are never easiest with game. But I know he’ll continue to have a great career. So thank you for everything you’ve done, Justise.”

“Picking up Andre Iguodala was big. Andre Iguodala is one of the most underrated players to ever play the game. Me and Dre, we’ve been knowing each other since we were like 17, 18 years old. And the fact that he’s still going and still playing and still a freak of nature is insane.

“He fits the Heat’s way of things — switching everything, long, athletic defender, can play multiple positions, can guard multiple positions. And he brings that championship experience to the Heat.”

The Heat added two players in Iguodala and Crowder that add to the mantra of an all-grit type of team. Now commanded by Jimmy Butler as the captain of the ship, the Heat have a team of rugged and dedicated veterans to make an interesting postseason run with a bolstered roster.