Summer transfer speculation is refusing to leave Golden State Warriors of America Nigerian-born basketball star, Andre Iguodala, as latest reports are now linking him with both Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Lakers.
The report states that Iguodala, who signed a three-year contract with The Warriors during the summer of 2017, will not play for Golden State next season, because he will get buyout in Memphis or sign with Lakers.
Although Iguodala had previously denied reports linking him with The Lakers, nbcsportsbayarea.com added that Golden State are trading the 2015 NBA Finals most valuable player to Memphis.
However, a league source further told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that Iguodala might not ever put on a Grizzlies uniform, as the star is billled to make just under $17.2m next season, but would have to relinquish a lot of cash in a buyout and become an unrestricted free agent.
The 35-year-old Iguodala’s former agent, Rob Pelinka, is The Grizzlies’ general manager, but ehstar has all alon ghad a specific connection to The Lakers.
ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith said on his radio show: “He has basically — according to sources — informed everybody he’s going to work out a buyout and then go to the Lakers.
“So Andre Iguodala is planning on joining the Lakers from what we’re being told.
“I don’t know how true that is, whether or not it is going to definitively happen. But that is the plan at this particular moment in time.”
Shortly after the news of Iguodala being moved surfaced, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski stated: “Golden State is trading Andre Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies, league source tells ESPN.
“Warriors are sending a 2024 protected first-round pick in the 2024 (protected 1-4), 2025 (protected 1) and 2026 unprotected.
“If Iguodala does end up with the Lakers, and if Kawhi Leonard also signs with them, you might as well just give LA the 2020 Larry O’Brien Trophy right now.
“The Warriors simply would not be able to compete with LeBron James’ squad next season.”