Andre Iguodala finally has a new team, and it isn’t Los Angeles Lakers or LA Clippers. Instead, Iguodala, who sat out since the beginning of the season in agreement with Memphis Grizzlies, is heading to Eastern Conference.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Grizzlies agreed to trade Iguodala to Miami Heat, who will send Justise Winslow in the opposite direction as part of the trade. Heat is also working to include Oklahoma City Thunder in the trade in an attempt to land Danilo Gallinari.
Meanwhile, Heat agreed to a contract extension with Iguodala, which will keep him with the franchise through the 2021/22 NBA season. The deal, worth $30 million, contains a team option for the last year.
While the trade hasn’t been made official just yet, the Heat players are already ready to welcome Iguodala with arms wide open.
“[He brings] winning. He knows how to do that on both sides of the ball. He’s super smart. There’s nothing he cannot do,” – said Miami’s All-Star Jimmy Butler. “We got a lot of pieces, man. He’s definitely going to add to that.”
Andre Iguodala joined the Grizzlies in the offseason as part of the Golden State Warriors attempts to offload salary. After that, Iguodala, who previously won three NBA championships with Warriors, agreed with Memphis that he will stay away from the team until they find the best path to move forward.
Iguodala finished the past regular season with 5.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 3.2 assists, but his numbers increased to 9.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 4.0 assists in the playoffs.