In a Warriors season that is so much about waiting, it sounds as if there’s one more far-off prize to hope for.
Klay Thompson might not play this campaign but figures to be a huge weapon for, at the very least, the 2020-21 season. Perhaps Andre Iguodala is on that same timeline.
The 2015 Finals MVP, currently trapped in Grizzlies purgatory, is a “virtual lock” to return to Golden State next season, where he can finish his career with the Warriors, the New York Times reported.
That would reunite Iguodala with the core of the ’15 champs, plus — in Marc Stein’s fearless predictions — a lottery pick, as the Times reporter doesn’t think the Warriors will make the playoffs this season.
The Warriors and their fans — and Iguodala — will have to wait, though. The 35-year-old, who played his past six seasons with Golden State, was dealt to Memphis as the Warriors cleared cap space for the D’Angelo Russell deal.
Iguodala, as of yet, has no interest in grinding with a rebuilding Grizzlies squad — he’s not with the team as the season begins — and also has no interest, as of yet, in negotiating a buy-out in which he wouldn’t receive his $17 million this season. So he and the team wait, probably until the Feb. 6 trade deadline, when the team hopes it can find a trade partner no longer willing to wait for Iguodala’s services. If the Grizzlies can’t offload him, he’ll take his money and become a midseason free agent, and just about every contender figures to be interested.