With 32 games to go in 2019-20, the Memphis Grizzlies have astounded many by staying in the thick of the Western Conference playoff chase. They’ve done this behind the play of rookie Ja Morant and youngsters such as Jaren Jackson Jr., Dillon Brooks and others.
After the Grizzlies won in Detroit last night, Brooks made it known that he can’t wait for the team to part ways with veteran forward Andre Iguodala.
Iguodala wants a new home with a contending team, but if Memphis is unable to reach a trade that meets its liking, the former Finals MVP is reportedly willing to sit out the rest of the season.
“First time I seen him was on TV talking about us,” Brooks said, per Mark Giannotto of the Memphis Commercial Appeal. “It doesn’t even matter. Andre Iguodala is a great player. I feel like he’s doing the right thing for his career, but we don’t really care.”
“It’s not a distraction at all,” he continued. “I laugh at that type of stuff. A guy that’s on our team doesn’t want to be on our team. I can’t wait til we find a way to trade him so we can play him and show him what really Memphis is about.”
Everything Dillon Brooks said about Andre Iguodala tonight. pic.twitter.com/1rDw0P2wp2
— Mark Giannotto (@mgiannotto) February 4, 2020
The news regarding Iguodala potentially sitting out came last night via David Aldridge of The Athletic and he emphasized that the Grizzlies’ season-long desire is to acquire assets in exchange for Iguodala rather than simply waive him for nothing. The 36 year old has not played a game since being traded to Memphis last offseason. The surprising Grizzlies, meanwhile, are 25-25 and in eighth place in the Western Conference.
Via social media, Morant and guard De’Anthony Melton appeared to back Brooks’ stance with tweets. Morant’s featured a shouting emoji, while Melton’s had a shrugging emoji.
— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) February 4, 2020
— De’Anthony Melton (@DeAnthonyMelton) February 4, 2020
Memphis acquired Iguodala — along with a 2024 first-round pick — early last summer via a trade with the Golden State Warriors.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.