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Report: Andre Iguodala considered ‘virtual lock’ to sign with Warriors next summer

Andre Iguodala, Warriors

Andre Iguodala is considered a “virtual lock” to sign with the Golden State Warriors next summer, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.

The Warriors traded Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies this offseason in order to acquire D’Angelo Russell in a sign-and-trade deal with the Brooklyn Nets.

Iguodala won’t play a single game for Memphis. The Grizzlies and Iguodala reached an agreement to keep him out of training camp and preseason play.

So let’s skip ahead to the summer, when Iguodala will be a free agent again. Consider him a virtual lock to return to the Warriors to finish his career with the team that propelled him to the hallowed Robert Horry stratosphere for elite, ring-laden role players.

Iguodala is owed $17.2 million this season, the final year of his contract. He’ll become an unrestricted free agent next offseason.

Last season for the Warriors, Iguodala averaged 5.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists while shooting 50.0 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 58.2 percent from the free-throw line. The 35-year-old swingman put up 9.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game in the 2019 playoffs, where the Warriors lost to the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals in six games.

Iguodala has career averages of 12.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 1,108 games with the Philadelphia 76ersDenver Nuggets and Warriors.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers are the supposed favorites if Iguodala is bought out by Memphis, but there’s nothing imminent at this time. The Grizzlies would likely still prefer to get something back in a trade.