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Rumor: Andre Iguodala reunion with Warriors gaining momentum

Andre Iguodala Warriors free agency

The Miami Heat just declined Andre Iguodala’s $15 million team option for 2021-22, making him an unrestricted free agent. It’s no surprise to hear that Iguodala returning to the Golden State Warriors is on the table.

Marc Stein says “momentum” on an Iguodala return is “bubbling strong” as free agency approaches. The Associated Press’ Tim Reynolds says Iguodala plans to speak with his former team when free agency opens.

The veteran won three championships with the Warriors after joining them from the Denver Nuggets in 2013. While he was a starter in his first season with the Dubs, he went to the bench in 2014-15, a move that helped spark their first championship run.

While Iguodala was primarily a reserve with the Warriors, he closed games as a key member of the famed Death Lineup. His versatility and high basketball IQ was extremely important parts of making that closing lineup just about unstoppable.

Iguodala is now 37 years old and on the decline, with retirement on the horizon. He’s nowhere near the player he once was, but if the Warriors were able to sign him for the minimum, he’d be a great guy to have back in the locker room. He’ll likely have other suitors as well (Lakers?), but a return to Golden State should be an attractive option.