After winning his fourth title with the Golden State Warriors, Andre Iguodala has yet to publicly announce whether he will return next season.
If the 38-year-old decides to return to his 19th season, there will be a spot waiting for him on the Warriors bench, an insider said.
The Warriors brought Iguodala back last season but he has been plagued by injuries that have left him with just 31 regular season games and seven knockout appearances. Iguodala’s on-field impact has also been limited this season, as he averages 1.6 points in 8.7 minutes per game.
Despite the restrictions Iguodala faced last year, The Athletic’s Anthony Slater has reported that the team would welcome him back if he decides to continue.
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No decision yet for Iguodala
Throughout last season, Iguodala made suggestions that he would retire after the season ended. Speaking to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Ron Kroicick in April, Iguodala admitted that the season was a disappointment because of his string of injuries but hinted that another NBA title would be a good way to end his career. his.
“I didn’t get out there as much as I would have liked, but sometimes even when things don’t go as planned, you know that your presence is being felt and that you are accomplishing it,” says Iguodala. job done. I feel like. …
“It’s shaping up to be a special way to go out, whether it’s this year, next year or whenever.”
As Slater reported, Iguodala has yet to make a decision on whether he will retire and the Warriors are not urging him to decide.
“Warriors did not give a firm date on Andre Iguodala’s decision to retire or return. If he chooses to play another season, a spot on the roster will be waiting for him,” Slater reported. “It would have been easier for the Warriors to put together their full squad plans if they had known somehow in Iguodala, but this is not a decision (or a person) that the Warriors can push. at a specific point in time.”
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There may be a unique role awaiting Iguodala if he returns. A Western Conference executive told Heavy.com’s Sean Deveney that Warriors head coach Steve Kerr would welcome Iguodala to the coaching staff if he wanted to, but could also go the Miami Heat route. , who holds an annual reserve for veteran Udonis Haslem.
“Those two get along very well, they understand each other. I think Steve would agree with Andre doing the Udonis Haslem thing where he was playing but not playing, just a coach in uniform,” the executive said.
Iguodala played a similar role during the season, mentoring several of the team’s younger players, including rookie Jonathan Kuminga.
Slater noted that the Warriors will still have at least one more spot on the roster to fill even if Iguodala does return. The team has 12 positions to be filled at the moment, with two left to fill and the possibility that they will keep their 15th vacancy to build flexibility for the upcoming season.
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