The Memphis Grizzlies’ shooting guard Andre Iguodala may be seeing some ‘heat’ on the trade front. The Miami Heat has apparently approached the Grizzlies with regards the 36-year-old NBA player. The Golden State Warriors traded Iguodala to the Grizzlies last summer. He is yet to play this season since.
Iguodala is past his prime at 36 years old, he is a two-time All-Defensive selection who won the 2015 NBA Finals MVP in large part because of his defense on LeBron James.
The Grizzlies cast Iguodala away. This was done ever since he made his intentions of not playing a single game for them known. The team chose to keep him out of the locker room. He was allowed to keep in shape on his own while exploring potential trades.
Iguodala also told those close to him he would consider sitting out the season if he isn’t traded to a team of his choice by the deadline. He is owed $17.2 million in the final season of a three-year, $48 million deal he signed with the Golden State Warriors in 2017.
The Miami Heat come up as potential traders for Iguodala.
Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported that the Heat has emerged as suitors for Andre Iguodala.
Charania suggested there are “several factors” that could come into play before a deal is made, including whether Iguodala—who has indicated he is comfortable sitting out the season—would be willing to play for the Heat, who are far away from his West Coast home.
Teams have been unwilling to trade for him, hoping that the Grizzlies will buy him out instead. But Memphis is eager to get some sort of return because it knows Iguodala is a valuable asset. The team has refused to let him walk. As such, the situation is at an impasse and Iguodala has been sitting out and training by himself.
From Miami’s perspective, any additions to help it emerge from a tightly contested Eastern Conference would be welcome. Boston Celtics are tied with it for the No. 3 seed, 1.5 games back of the Toronto Raptors for the No. 2 seed and 3.5 games ahead of the fifth-seeded Indiana Pacers.
Pairing Iguodala with Jimmy Butler would give the Heat two wing defenders who can guard multiple positions in crunch time.
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