Andre Iguodala Grizzlies, Trade Packages and Landing Spots for Grizzlies.
On Monday evening, a week before training camps kick off around the NBA, The Daily Memphian’s Chris Herrington reported that Andre Iguodala and the Memphis Grizzlies had come to an agreement to make the start of training camp less awkward for both sides.
Per Herrington, Iguodala won’t report to camp next week. Instead, he’ll work out on his own while the Grizzlies pursue trades. Both sides reportedly understand that the situation may not resolve itself until deep into the 2019-20 regular season.
For the Grizzlies, this is a workable situation. Ideally, Iguodala would have been able to hang around to mentor Ja Morant, Jaren Jackson and the rest of the young core. But if that wasn’t going to happen — and recent comments from Iguodala indicating that he wasn’t keen to come to Memphis at all — this is the next best thing. The idea, even if Iguodala were to report to camp, would have been to trade him to a contender for the best assets possible. That is still true now.
This makes sense for Iguodala too. For one, it gets him what he likely wanted ever since the Warriors traded him in July. At this point in his career, all he (understandably) wants to play for a contender and in a city where he wants to be. He chose the Warriors last time he was on the market after all.
What’s to-be-determined here is if a buyout is in the cards. In his comments to NBC Sports, Iguodala seems open doing a buyout, but also doesn’t want to leave money on the table. He’s set to make $17.1 million this season, but it’s unclear how much of that he’d be willing to give up to hit free agency.
“At this point, the only buyout that makes sense — if I’m speaking on someone else’s behalf, thinking as an agent — is you don’t leave money on the table,” he told NBC. “Especially in this league. Because you’ll never get it back, no matter what people say. Negotiations are a tactic, so you’ve got to be careful how you approach it, or how you verbalize what you would do going forward. But you can’t leave anything on the table.”
For Memphis, doing a buyout would only make sense once they feel they’ve exhausted trade options for Iguodala and don’t think they’d get fair value back in return. Iguodala won’t be easy to trade at his salary number, so it’ll be interesting to see if they can find a deal where they get something back. The teams that need him most — the Lakers, Clippers, Rockets, etc. — don’t have much dead money sitting on their books to trade.
But as this situation works itself out, it appears to be the best thing for both sides. Iguodala gets to work out on his own and wait for what’s next in a location of his choosing. And the Grizzlies get time to land the best possible return for Iguodala. Now, the question is how long the situation takes to unfold and what the end result means for both parties.