A 15-year NBA veteran, Andre Iguodala has been a very useful depth player for the Golden State Warriors over the past few years. But with various injuries having hampered him over the past few seasons, Iguodala seems to be getting ready to call it a career.
Over the weekend, Iguodala addressed a calf injury that has kept him out of Game 4 against the Portland Trail Blazers. Per Yahoo! Sports, he hinted that his NBA career is winding down, and said that it didn't really bother him.
"Just a lot of minutes and overuse. I'm old," Iguodala said after practice Saturday. "It just flared up real quick, but we have a good training staff. When you've been playing for five long seasons, it's bound to come up. It's rare that you see it. It's hard for it to be realized. My career is almost over, anyway. So I don't really care."
Iguodala has been averaging just under 30 minutes per game for the Warriors in the playoffs. But after averaging over 13 points per game against the Houston Rockets, he slowed down considerably against Portland.
And at age 35, he's not getting any younger.
Iguodala was drafted No. 9 overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2004 and quickly established himself as a consistent starter in the NBA.
He made his first All-Star game in the 2011-12 season, and traded to the Denver Nuggets the following off-season.
After one year in Denver, Iguodala signed with the Warriors on a four-year deal that involved a three-way trade with Denver and the Utah Jazz.
In his first year with Golden State, Iguodala started 63 games but averaged under 10 points per game for only the second time in his career.
Iguodala's role changed dramatically in his second year at Golden State. After starting 758 games and averaging 37.0 minutes per game over his first ten seasons, he was quickly relegated to the bench following the 2013-14 season.
From 2014 to 2017, Iguodala started just one of his 218 games played. His playing time declined to 26.6 minutes per game, and his other stats fell as a result.
However, he rose to the occasion in the 2015 NBA Finals, averaging 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists in Golden State's final three games to capture the NBA title. For his efforts, Iguodala was named NBA Finals MVP.
In the 2018-19 season, Iguodala made 13 starts, but still finished the regular season with career-lows in almost all categories.
The Warriors are set to play the Raptors in the NBA Finals, beginning Thursday night.