Steve Kerr says Andre Iguodala can play past his current contract, if he wants
Warriors coach Steve Kerr is all for seeing it happen, per Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.
Steve Kerr says Andre Iguodala can play past current #Warriors contract – “I think the combination of his athleticism, work ethic, & brain… I think he can play beyond this contract if he really wants. He may not want to. He might just go on the golf course & call it a career.” pic.twitter.com/8S5ax3vsEp
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) April 20, 2019
Iguodala, 35, is currently playing out the rest of his three-year, $48 million contract he signed in July 2017. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2020, where he could become a viable locker-room asset on another playoff contender.
But the 15-year forward could be considering retirement if the Warriors fall short of their third straight NBA title in the next couple months.
“I’m going to be done soon,” he told Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area last November. “I could probably play a legit five more years, but I’ll probably max out at three more after this year – maybe three more.
“But if I’m not here, that will weigh heavily on what I will do. I possibly have another year here – if we win. That’s it. I know that. I’m fine with it.”
Iguodala has been the ideal veteran role player through Golden State’s first three postseason games thus far. He is averaging 10.7 points and 1.7 blocks per game in 24.3 minutes of action.
“Perception can become reality for people in the position of filing out rosters, like GMs,” Iguodala said. “Sometimes, perception is their reality, even when it’s wrong. It could mess up someone’s perception of you, what they think of you as a player. They say, ‘Oh, he is done.’ That is really hard. I don’t really worry about it.
“But at the same time, it is a thing. I know it’s out there. But at this point, I know I’m still pretty good. I really believe that. But if people don’t know that, I’ll just be like, ‘OK, I’m done playing.’ ”