As we get closer to the opening of NBA free agency, a reunion could be in the works. The Golden State Warriors are said to be after a significant contributor to their recent series of championships.
Andre Iguodala is expected to join the Warriors as a free agent this offseason, according to Marc Stein, after the Miami Heat allegedly declined his option for the 2021-22 season.
The Warriors intend to talk with Iguodala once free agency opens Monday evening, according to Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press.
The Warriors’ front management has been focused on bringing veterans into the fold as they attempt to assemble a group that can compete for a title next season.
Given that Iguodala is 37 years old and will turn 38 during the 2021-22 season, any expectations for what the former Arizona Wildcats standout can give must be restrained.
Igoudala, however, is still capable of contribute to a winning club, as evidenced by his 4.4 point, 3.5 rebound, and 2.3 assist averages in 63 outings for the Heat last season.
While it’s impossible to say what kind of impact Iguodala will have on the court for the Warriors next season if he returns as a free agent, Steve Kerr, Bob Myers, and the Warriors’ front office can be certain that he’ll be a positive presence in the locker room.
With an influx of young talent joining the core of Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson, having another respected, experienced veteran in the locker room who can teach Golden State’s first- and second-year players what it takes to be a professional would be a significant plus.
The Warriors expect Klay Thompson to return from two consecutive season-ending injuries next season: the ACL in his left knee (2019-20) and the right Achilles tendon (2019-20).
Second-year center James Wiseman is also expected to return from a right knee injury that has kept him out since last month next season. Given the Warriors’ rebuilt lineup, he may face less pressure.