NBA Rumors: Andre Iguodala Shortlists His Free Agency Decision to Three Destinations Featuring Former Team Warriors

Published 08/05/2021, 10:50 PM EDT
Miami Heat guard Andre Iguodala (28) reacts after making a three pointer during second half in game six of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


After wild initial days of free agency, there is still one veteran superstar on the market, Andre Iguodala. Since he is leaving the Miami Heat after an average season with them, he is scouting for his best options and it seems like he has narrowed it down to three teams. The Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, and the Brooklyn Nets have been reported as his targets.

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As per Shams Charania, “I’m told 2015 NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala has narrowed his playing choices down to the Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors, and Los Angeles Lakers. Iguodala would provide either of those three teams a winning presence on the floor, as he’s been a part of three NBA championships with the Warriors dynasty.”

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“Iguodala became a free agent when Miami declined his option for the upcoming season. And now Iguodala will take time to decide on his next NBA destination,” he concluded.

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A look at all three options

All three options make plenty of sense. First, we have the Lakers, who have turned their roster around this season. After adding Russell Westbrook to form a ‘Big Three’ with LeBron James and Anthony Davis, they have become one of the most attractive landing spots. However, it will be more surprising if Iguodala doesn’t join his former team.

The Warriors might not be title contenders yet, but if Klay Thompson returns, that could quickly change. Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay are the teammates Andre has won three championships with. With this season considered as probably the last of his career, finishing it with them would be iconic.

Sep 19, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Miami Heat guard Andre Iguodala (28) controls the ball against Boston Celtics guard Brad Wanamaker (9) during the first half of game three of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

And of course, the Brooklyn Nets are another great place to be. With Kyrie Irving, James Harden, and Kevin Durant, they are already title contenders.

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What does Andre Iguodala bring to the table?

It’s true that Iguodala isn’t the player he once was. His statistics while playing at South Beach aren’t top-notch. But his veteran presence and championship experience could prove beneficial to any team he joins.

Jan 1, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Miami Heat guard Andre Iguodala (28) brings the ball up court against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

He averaged 4.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.3 assists. However, he is still an elite defender and a versatile player, playing solid minutes. It is clear that he is looking for one last shot at an NBA title. But whether his best shot at it is with the Lakers, Warriors or Nets is a gamble of its own.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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