The Memphis Grizzlies acquired Andre Iguodala in a trade with the Golden State Warriors, but have little interest in actually keeping him on the roster next season. They’re working hard to find a trade partner, and two teams seem to be emerging as the top options.
According to Stadium NBA insider Shams Charania, there are two teams “strongly pursuing” for Iguodala in a potential deal: The Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers.
Charania explained that both teams seem to be “at a standstill” in talks with the Grizzlies. Specifically, the Rockets are concerned with going over the luxury to the tune of $20 million. The Clippers, meanwhile, want to retain the specific players the Grizzlies would want in the deal, such as Maurice Harkless.
The Grizzlies acquired Iguodala and a protected first-round draft pick from the Warriors in exchange for small forward Julian Washburn.
— Stadium (@Stadium) July 15, 2019
The 35-year-old Iguodala has declined a bit over the past few years, but still offers plenty of talent and veteran leadership for a possible contender.
Last year, he saw career-lows in minutes played per game, and a corresponding career-low in points per game. However, he did get 13 starts – his most since the 2013-14 season.
Iguodala fell short of claiming a fourth career NBA title in Golden State’s NBA Finals loss to the Toronto Raptors. But if the Rockets or Clippers do land him in a deal, who’s to say he won’t get another chance next year?