Rumor: Mavs more likely to use Harrison Barnes trade exception than deal for Andre Iguodala
In the offseason, there were rumors indicating that the Dallas Mavericks had interest in acquiring Andre Iguodala from the Memphis Grizzlies. However, the Mavs are reportedly more likely to use their $11.7 million trade exception from the Harrison Barnes deal to acquire another player.
The Golden State Warriors traded Iguodala, as well as a protected first-round draft pick, to the Grizzlies this offseason. The 35-year-old vet hasn’t played a game with Memphis, though, as he’s waiting for a trade or buyout.
But the Grizzlies have yet to show interest in that deal and whether the Mavs would revisit the offer is a question. Sources indicate that the Mavs’ intent as the season progresses is to hunt for a piece with the trade exception they hold from the Harrison Barnes deal, worth $11.7 million. The Mavs can take on a player with a contract less than that value without giving up anything in return.
Some NBA insiders point to the Los Angeles Lakers as a possible landing spot for Iguodala:
“He’s going to the Lakers,” ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan said in October on The Hoop Collective podcast. “I’ve had four different players tell me that. Every player I talk to tells me that.”
Iguodala would be a solid pickup for any team looking for an established veteran. He’s a three-time champion and an excellent perimeter defender. For now, though, it seems we’ll have to wait a bit longer to see where he lands.