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Marreese Speights believes Andre Iguodala could be a general manager

Andre Iguodala, Heat, Marreese Speights

Miami Heat swingman Andre Iguodala was one of the more popular names at the NBA trade deadline, and Pat Riley was eventually able to land Iggy in a multi-player deal.

One of Iguodala’s former teammates thinks Iguodala could be the one puling the strings when his playing career is over.

Marreese Speights — who played with Iguodala on the Philadelphia 76ers and Golden State Warriors — told Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson of Heavy.com he could envision his former teammate becoming a general manager:

Speights said that he has consistently seen Iguodala mature over the course of his career, and he also told Robinson he has a positive impact on young players wherever he goes:

“Then when I seen him in Golden State, I knew he was a whole different player because he went through Denver and he stayed up there for a year, he did what he did and got them to the playoffs and then came to the Warriors – he’s always been a really smart guy, he knows plays before they happen and all that kind of stuff ; I can definitely see him as a GM or coach one day. Or maybe even an owner or something one day. That’s what kind of understanding – that’s how smart he is. After seeing his growth as a younger player ‘til he got a little older… and he always knew how to play this game the RIGHT way and always guiding the guys the RIGHT way. And that’s good man.”

Iguodala still has some life left in those playing legs, though.

The 36-year-old is averaging 4.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in his first 12 games with the Heat, who are 6-6 since he joined the roster.

Perhaps Iguodala will transition to the front office or coaching eventually, but he is still focused on helping the Heat make a playoff run in the Eastern Conference.