The Warriors have five key free agents entering the first day of July. Reportedly, only one is seriously considering leaving the team.
On July 1st, the Golden State Warriors will try to maintain their key contributors to their most recent championship run. Having Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Shaun Livingston, Ian Clark and Andre Iguodala entering free agency, one out of those five players will recieve the “stiffest competition in free agency” according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.
Iguodala knows what it takes to win championships; he desires to be on a team that can compete. Iggy is a wing defender, great veteran, playmaker and a game changer off the bench. He will be a key contributor to any team that’s ready to contend. Therefore, teams will need to show Iguodala how can they possibly compete with the Cavs or Warriors.
According to Shams, Iggy will “seriously” consider other teams. However, teams meeting Iguodala will need to show a winning culture already in place.
Per Yahoo Sports:
Iguodala plans to seriously consider other teams in July, league sources told The Vertical. Prospective teams would need to show in meetings a vision to move toward contention to pry Iguodala from Golden State, league sources said
In Shams report, many teams are expected to meet with the 33-year-old. The 13 year vet will not only get these meetings, but is expected to make around $20 million annually.
Many teams are expected to pursue discussions with Iguodala, including the Warriors, Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves and Atlanta Hawks, league sources said. Among teams around the league, there’s a belief that the value this summer for a two-way wing such as Iguodala could reach $20 million annually.
After taking a look at those lists of teams, the Los Angeles Clippers seem like the only option for a winning culture that Iggy desires. IF they can re-sign Chris Paul. Iggy can play a huge role for the Clippers on or off the bench. Iguodala has continued to prove he can still outperform other opponents over the past three years.
Iggy deserves $20 million a year. In 2015, his quest started when he was the finals MVP averaging 16.3 points and 5.8 rebounds. His outstanding corner three point shot in the 2015 finals was a major key for the Warriors. Since joining the Warriors, not only has he won Finals MVP, but has adapted to a role many could not.
This year, he continued to exceed expectations at his role on the team and his talent was displayed on venue in the finals again. Especially Game 5, where his 20 points played a vital part in clinching the championship against the Cavaliers.
Expect big moves for Iggy…