Grizzlies news: Andre Iguodala is currently in a stalemate with the Memphis Grizzlies after both sides failed to reach an agreement regarding a contract buyout. The three-time NBA champion is set to make $17 million this season, and he has no plans of letting go a portion of it just so he waived and be free to join a contender. Iggy would rather wait for the team to find a suitable trade for him.
Iguodala’s current situation with the Grizzlies is something that nobody thought would happen, as he was a valuable member of the Golden State Warriors franchise. When Kevin Durant announced that he was joining the Brooklyn Nets, everyone thought that they’d be keeping Iggy, but he already knew that he could be traded to Memphis.
“I [had] a sense that something is going down; Bob Myers and I are pretty cool. We [had] our conversations, so we’re on the same page. It was, ‘It might happen, but it might not. Most likely, it will. So, we’ll see.’
So, I’m texting my wife, telling her I’ll probably get traded because I think it’s 100 percent sure, even though everyone else is saying, it’s only a chance. Then, once KD left, I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’ll probably get traded. They’re probably going to do a sign-and-trade, so they can get something back, to at least get assets for him.’ No one was thinking that. But I was thinking they’ll want to get assets back because they can’t just let him go. And they’ll probably move me as well. So, she asked me where I thought I would go. I said, ‘I don’t know, I’ll probably end up in Memphis or some s**t.’ She says, ‘For real?’ I was like, ‘Maybe. But probably not. I don’t know.’
The next day, I got the message. It was Memphis. I fell out laughing.”
Iguodala’s guess was right, as the Warriors were able to convince Durant to agree to a sign-and-trade, which allowed them to acquire D’Angelo Russell from the Nets. However, in order to accommodate D’Lo’s contract, Golden State had to make some room, which made Iggy expendable.
But Iguodala understands the importance of the trade for the Warriors and he seems pretty okay with it. After all, he still loves that franchise the same way that he did when he was still a part of it.
It is possible that Iguodala won’t be playing at least until the trade deadline. If the Grizzlies won’t find a trade partner who’s willing to give valuable assets in exchange for his services, they could decide to pay him the full amount that he’s owed this season.
We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.
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