Andre Iguodala, a seasoned forward, declared he would play one more season—his 19th—before retiring. Iguodala says he will stay with the Golden State Warriors, even though no deal has been made public. The Philadelphia 76ers selected Iguodala ninth overall in the 2004 draught, and he has been in the NBA for 18 years.
He played for Philadelphia for eight seasons, with the 2011–12 season being the best. In a four-team trade following the season, Philadelphia sent Iguodala to the Denver Nuggets. Before being transferred to the Warriors in 2013, he was only in Denver for one season.
Iguodala quickly became a key part of the Warriors’ dynasty. He helped the team win five Western Conference titles and three NBA titles while playing as the best and most versatile reserve player on the team. His best performance came in the 2015 NBA Finals when he averaged 16.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game on his way to winning the series MVP award.
After being dealt to the Miami Heat in February 2020, the forward’s new team reached the NBA Finals that season. He played for Miami for one more season before re-signing with the Warriors in free agency ahead of the 2021–2022 season on a one–year, $2.6 million deal.
NBA Update: Injuries Held Him Out of All but Six Games
From Jan. 21 to the end of the regular season, injuries held him out of all but six games. In the playoffs, he played four games in the first round before being out for more than a month due to a left cervical disc injury (neck). When the injury was announced to the media on April 27, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said, “It’s a significant loss.”
In time for the NBA Finals, Iguodala made a comeback and won his fourth NBA championship. All summer long, there was uncertainty regarding his condition, but on September 18, NBA reporter Marc Stein indicated that the organisation anticipated Iguodala’s return.
Stein stated that although the Warriors are open to bringing the 18-year veteran back on their schedule, they “Do expect Iguodala to play for one more season but are prepared for any scenario.”
Even though he may not have had the most impressive stats in the second half of his career, he played on one of the Warriors’ best lines with Draymond Green, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Stephen Curry.
Iguodala may not have a resume that is good enough for the Hall of Fame, but he has left his mark on the sport and will be remembered as one of the best glue players of this century.
Andre Iguodala Said That He Was “Retired for Most of the Summer
In an effort to avoid pressuring Iguodala into making a choice, the Warriors have held onto his roster slot the entire offseason. The Warriors’ general manager, Myers, stated that no transactions came to him over the summer that prompted the organisation to rush Iguodala. Iguodala said that he was “retired for most of the summer,” but after talking to his teammates, the Warriors’ staff, and his family, he decided to come back.
Iguodala played in just 31 games last season, averaging four points on 30% shooting, 3.7 assists, and 3.2 rebounds. He missed every game between January and the end of the regular season with the exception of six, and he also missed a month of the postseason due to a left cervical disc injury.
“He does so much off the court, and he does so much on the court, too,” Myers remarked at a news conference on Thursday. And it’s very difficult to get the same kind of leadership and stability that he provides to a squad. I can go talk to Andre for myself and Steve since he just knows. He is quite wise. He is familiar with the composition of our group. A true professional, he is familiar with the league.
Iguodala admitted on the podcast that he was focused on Moses Moody and [Jonathan] Kuminga rather than playing. “I am speaking to the young men and warning them that if I appear in the court, something is wrong with them. There is no way you should permit me to enter the court.”