Andre Iguodala served the final year of a four-year, $48 million contract he signed with the Golden State Warriors in 2013. He will become an unrestricted free agent this offseason and will reportedly consider offers from other teams. Will Iguodala leave the Warriors?
Andre Iguodala played a major role in the Warriors’ success in the past three seasons. During the 2014-15 NBA season, Iguodala accepted a sixth man role to give coach Steve Kerr flexibility to balance the rotation. In the 2015 NBA Finals, the 33-year-old small forward won Finals MVP honors and served as LeBron James primary defender.
NBA Free Agency: GSW plans to keep championship core intact
Iguodala established the same performance in the 2017 NBA Finals where the Warriors successfully reclaim the NBA championship title. However, in the nearing offseason, Golden State needs to face a tough decision as four members of their championship core will become free agents. These include Andre Iguodala, Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, and Shaun Livingston.
As most people think, the Warriors will prioritize re-signing Curry and Durant. Curry could ink a five-year deal worth approximately $205 million. After opting out of his contract, Durant expressed his desire to re-sign with the Warriors. He also plans to take less money to help the Warriors keep their core intact.
“Golden State’s salary situation will be complicated, even with Durant possibly willing to accept approximately $3.5 million less in salary in a one-year deal to accommodate the re-signing of the team’s core players. For the Warriors, there will be a priority placed on keeping Iguodala because of his vital role with a potential dynasty. If Durant opts out of his contract and signs a one-year deal in July, the Warriors will be able to exceed their salary cap to keep Iguodala and Livingston because of their Bird Rights,” Shams Charania of The Vertical reported.
NBA Free Agency: Andre Iguodala leaving Golden State Warriors?
Despite Durant’s willingness to take a pay cut, Andre Iguodala will still consider entertaining offers from other teams. Iguodala already won two NBA championship titles and could be seeking a huge payday in the upcoming free agency. As Charania notes, a two-way wing like Iguodala could reach $20 million annually.
The Warriors will be in a strong competition in signing Iguodala. Aside from Golden State, five teams already expressed interest in acquiring him this summer. These include the Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Atlanta Hawks.