Nigerian-born National Basketball Association (NBA) star, Andre Iguodala has admitted he harbours worries over the immediate future of his club, Golden State Warriors, as he believes they need new talent to replace departing ones.
However, Iguodala went on to delcare that it would be better for Kevon Looney to leave Warriors as a free agent, even as he recounted that the team, in late October 2017, declined the lad’s option for 2018/19.
By doing so, he became an unrestricted free agent last summer, and Golden State were limited to giving him about $2.23m, which came after Looney’s breakout campaign.
The belief was that Looney might become too expensive for Warriors to retain, but he did not receive any offers, and ultimately re-signed with The Dubs for the minimum fee ($1.57m).
In his assessment of Warriors’ squad value, Iguodala said after Golden State’s Game 3 win over Los Angeles Clippers that the team might be able to keep Looney for a fifth season, though he will be an unrestricted free agent again in July.
Nonetheless, the 2015 NBA Finals MVP, who many observers already believe would make a great agent when he retires from playing, admits Looney had a terrific year, and has been even better in the playoffs.
He, however, admits the 23-year-old Looney may not get a maximum contract, yet Golden State will have to compete with other teams this summer, with Iguodala noting there is no room for mid-class teams.
Iguodala added: “I hope he gets paid, so I hope he doesn’t come back because I hope he gets all the money.
“I hope he gets paid, so I hope he doesn’t come back because I hope he gets all the money.
“The NBA’s going in a direction where the middle man’s getting lost. It’s either high end or low end. You’re losing the middle class.
“That’s how we got DeMarcus [Cousins]. And we’re gonna get some people that slip to us because of those scenarios.”