Rumor: Courtney Lee’s contract could be Mavs’ key to dealing for Grizzlies’ Andre Iguodala
The Dallas Mavericks could be swinging for reinforcements early on in the season, eyeing Memphis Grizzlies veteran Andre Iguodala, who has been working out away from the team in the midst of a trade/buyout stalemate between both parties. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst said league executives believe the Mavs could have the pieces to trade for Iguodala, among them the contract of Courtney Lee.
“One place is shaping up as a possibility as you talk to executives out there. That is the Dallas Mavericks,” said Windhorst. “Executives believe the Mavericks are a team that we should watch when it comes to the Andre Iguodala landing spot. They have a tradable contract in Courtney Lee, and extra second-round picks they could potentially use to get Memphis interested.”
Mike Fisher of DallasBasketball.com reported an actual offer was made on July 10, with the Mavericks offering Lee and a second-round pick to the Grizzlies in exchange for Iguodala. The Grizzlies then refused to take on Lee’s $12.8 million salary, which is $4.4 million below the $17.2 million Iguodala is owed for the 2019-20 season.
The Grizzlies had also been hellbent in getting a first-round pick in return for Iguodala to tack on to the first-rounder they received from the Golden State Warriors in the summer trade.
The Mavs can pay $5 million in cash as a pot sweetener to fill in the gap, saving the Grizzlies $9.4 million in a trade. Dallas has looked to trade Lee in numerous occasions in the summer but has been thus far unsuccessful.