Memphis Has No Plans to Buyout Andre Iguodala Prior to 2019 Season

Within the first 24 hours of NBA’s free agency period, the Golden State Warriors made a huge splash by trading for All-Star D’Angelo Russell. Unfortunately, the team’s cap construction forced Golden State to dump some salary in order to officially sign Russell. The victim, 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala.

Iguodala was sent to Memphis along with the Warriors’ 2024 first-round pick in exchange for taking on the 35-year-old’s $17.2M remaining contract. The widespread belief has been that the Grizzlies would come to a buyout agreement with Iguodala prior to this season, but a recent report from ESPN’s Tim MacMahon says that that’s not the case.

Iguodala would obviously like to play for a contender this season, as he only has a couple more years left in the tank. Memphis believes, however, that there is a trade market for the former Finals MVP, and look to explore that fully. Either way, it is highly unlikely that we see Iguodala in a Grizzlies uniform this season.

There has been noted interest from multiple teams should Iguodala acquire a buyout agreement. Among them are Dallas, Houston, and the Los Angeles Lakers. He has proven his playoff abilities time-and-time-again for the Warriors over the past five years and could be a key piece for a championship-level team.

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