Memphis has no intention of simply waiving Andre Iguodala, but team and player have reportedly agreed to allow the three-time champion to skip training camp as the Grizzlies seek a trade suitable for both sides.
Chris Herrington of the The Daily Memphian writes that the former Warriors forward and Finals MVP will work out in private settings of his choosing while Memphis works on a long-term solution. Iguodala was acquired via trade from Golden State — the team with which he earned three championship rings and a Finals MVP award — during the offseason.
“There is a mutual understanding, per sources, that the situation may not reach a resolution until well into the season,” Herrington writes. “On December 15, players who signed as free agents this summer will be eligible to be traded, potentially expanding the range of possible deals. The NBA trade deadline is February 6th.”
Iguodala is eager to once again contend for a championship after doing so with the Warriors for the last half-decade. Golden State, however, traded the versatile forward in order to clear cap space and acquire All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell from Brooklyn.
Agree with this. As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, Grizz have enough room under the tax line now that a small buyout would have minimal value. But bringing Iguodala into camp would have been a mistake. https://t.co/vBqewFurKD
— Chris Herrington (@ChrisHerrington) September 23, 2019
In an interview with NBC Sports Bay Area, Iguodala expressed his willingness to bide his time … for now.
“They’re trying to figure out some things, and I’m trying to figure out some things,” Iguodala said. “As of today, we’re on the same page. Camp opens the next week. We’ll see. We’re on the same page, though.”