Grizzlies Won't Engage In Buyout Talks With Andre Iguodala


According to reports, the Grizzlies are not ready to let Andre Iguodala go. Per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, the team wants Iguodala to report to training camp as they don’t plan to buy him out.

“Sources: Memphis wants three-time champion Andre Iguodala to report to training camp and is refusing right now to engage in buyout, which would prevent Iguodala from finishing a Hall of Fame career on his terms because this may be his final NBA season.”

Iguodala wants to end his career on a contender, he played with the Warriors for six seasons, won three NBA Championships and was named NBA Finals MVP in 2015. The Grizzlies traded veteran wing CJ Miles to the Wizards for Dwight Howard and then they agreed to buy him out, which is why many expected them to do the same with Iguodala.

The Grizzlies drafted talented point guard Ja Morant No. 2 overall, making him part of their young core with Jaren Jackson Jr. but this is a rebuilding team, so retaining Iguodala makes no sense.

This will be the team’s first season without Mike Conley and Marc Gasol and their decision to keep Iguodala could be because they feel that they can trade him down the road, hoping to get many assets in return.

The Warriors traded Iguodala to the Grizzlies, along with a protected first-round pick in 2024 (protected 1-4), 2025 (protected 1) and 2026 unprotected as part of the necessary salary dump to create space under the apron and complete a sign-and-trade deal for D’Angelo Russell.

While Iguodala isn’t likely to be a starter with a contender, he has valuable leadership skills and he is capable of being an important member of a second unit. He averaged 9.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 30.0 minutes over 21 playoff games for the Warriors last season and he was a key piece in his six years with them.

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