In spite of the approaching NBA training camps, veteran forward Andre Iguodala has not yet made a decision on his future and is still a free agent. However, despite the fact that nothing is official, Marc Stein of the Golden State Warriors reports that Iguodala will likely play another season.
Andre Iguodala will make his play-or-retire choice at age 38 public on his monthly podcast with Evan Turner, and that is the only thing we know for sure about his plans for the upcoming season.
According to what I’ve been told, the Warriors do anticipate that Iguodala will play for one more season, but they’re ready for anything that might happen and are also open to bringing the 18-year veteran back on their schedule.
Iguodala may not return for the start of training camp, according to the final sentence of Stein’s note. Bob Myers, the general manager of the Warriors, said in a recent interview that Andre Iguodala has “earned” the right to take his time before making a decision.
NBA Rumors: Iguodala’s Leadership and Influence in the Locker Room
Iguodala’s leadership and influence in the locker room, as well as his performance on the floor, were two reasons why Myers hoped he would come back. As you may have heard Steve [Kerr] comment, Myers remarked, “I hope he plays for us.”
“He’s vital to our season, I truly believe. We believe he can still play and assist us in specific situations because no one else on the team is capable of doing that for us.
After spending the previous two seasons with the Miami Heat, Iguodala, who is now 38 years old, joined the Warriors once more. Nevertheless, he was limited by a number of injuries, and he played in just seven postseason games.
In addition to the 31 games he did play in the regular season. With players like Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green, he has years of expertise and versatility, so if healthy, he should play more this season.
At this point in his career, it’s difficult to imagine him playing a significant part. He’s not quite the glorified assistant coach that Udonis Haslem was, but he’s getting close. It’s all in this line from Myers: Myers claims to be one of the few people in the world who can talk to Curry, Draymond, or Klay while also talking to Jordan Poole, Kuminga, or Wiseman.
In addition to travelling to Japan for two preseason games on September 30 and October 1, the Warriors start training camp on September 24. One day before the Warriors’ season opener at Chase Center against the Los Angeles Lakers, final rosters for NBA teams are due on October 17.
Andre won two seasons with the Miami Heat before returning
Iguodala won two seasons with the Miami Heat before returning to the Warriors last season, where he had previously spent six years between 2013 and 2019 and won three championships with them.
In 31 games during the regular season and seven playoff encounters in 2021–22, the 38-year-old averaged 4.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 3.7 assists. The Warriors defeated the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Finals to win the championship, and Iguodala was on the court at the last minute.