The Andre Iguodala saga at the Memphis Grizzlies has come to an end. The Grizzlies have finally traded Andre Igoudala to Eastern Conference contenders Miami Heat. This is as per a report according to Adrian Wojnarowski. The Heat is sending Justise Winslow to the Grizzlies as part of the trade package.
Memphis has agreed to a deal to send Andre Iguodala to Miami, league source tells ESPN. Iguodala agreed to trade and has agreed to a two-year, $30M extension with Miami.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 6, 2020
Andre Iguodala has sat out the duration of the 2019-20 season. He was a key member of the Golden State Warriors that won three NBA titles. As an elite level two-way player, Iguodala was in demand by various title-contending teams looking to add the veteran to their roster.
The Heat is now making a statement. The acquisition of Iguodala is a clear intention that the team are expecting to make a deep playoff run at the very least.
The Heat had been in advanced negotiations to acquire Iguodala’s services.
Andre Iguodala and his stint with the Memphis Grizzlies
With the dismantling of the Golden State Warriors dynasty, Igoudala was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies at the time were a rebuilding project. Iguodala and the team had agreed it would be in the interest of both parties, for him to sit out the season.
The Grizzlies had no intention of buying out Iguodala’s contract. They wanted to trade him and acquire some assets. The Grizzlies focused on their young core players. Iguodala focused on keeping in shape away from the team, waiting for a suitor.
However, the Memphis Grizzlies have punched above their weight. They sit 8th in the Western Conference with a 25-25 record. This puts them in playoff contention. People were beginning to question if Andre Iguodala should continue to sit out.
The situation caused a certain degree of discontent on the team’s youngsters. Ja Morant and Dillon Brooks expressed some discontent on social media.
The Trade to the Miami Heat will bring closure to this chapter and allow all parties to move on.
The Miami Heat and their statement of intent
The Miami Heat possess a 34-15 record. They stand 4th in the Eastern Conference. The team are in a tight battle with the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors for the second seed. They still required a couple of pieces to possibly succeed for a deep playoff run.
The Heat currently possesses an average league offence, averaging 112.3 points a game. Their defence is above average conceding 107.9 points a game. The team required veteran leadership to boost their credentials.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Heat and Iguodala have negotiated a contract extension. There is a 2-year $30 million extension, with the second year being a team option. It should offer financial flexibility to the Heat in the 2021-22 season.
Igoudala’s arrival on the team will boost the prowess of the second unit. It adds much needed defensive grit and a leader for the second unit, complementing Goran Dragic.
With this trade, the Heat will be hoping to make a deep playoff run. Igoudala will be wanting to prove that his sitting out of the season to condition himself was worth the effort. The Miami Heat should ideally be looking for a conference finals showdown with the Milwaukee Bucks now.
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