Iguodala Reaches ‘Light’ Agreement With Grizzlies

Memphis Grizzlies of America star, Andre Iguodala has reached an agreement with the National Basketball Association (NBA) of America club, in a deal that will allow the Nigerian-born veteran forward get additional terms during his tenure with the franchise without first needing to attend their training camp,
This comes after Iguodala reportedly sought a buyout from The Grizzlies after the trade, but the team refused to engage in talks, preferring instead to seek a trade asset in return for the 15-year NBA ace, in a deal that amounts to a compromise that will allow the team to continue to pursue a trade but will not force him to play for a team he has no desire to play for.
The Daily Memphian reports that the deal comes hot on the heels of additional trappings, after Iguodala arrived with The Grizzlies from Golden State Warriors this summer, as his former team looked to shed his $17.2m salary to create cap space for roster moves.
Under terms of the new agreement, Iguodala will be permitted to work out and training privately on his own but will still take up a roster spot with The Grizzlies, as they pursue potential trades, while both sides anticipate that a resolution may not be reached until deep into the season.
The former NBA Finals MVP and three-time NBA champion with Golden State is now expected to provide value as a rotation player for a team seeking a veteran on its roster, while also noting that his trade prospects would be limited, because his salary is not necessarily commensurate with the impact he would provide for the squad.
This comes few days after NBC Sports Bay Area reported that Iguodala has had a difficult time moving on from his time with The Warriors and has not been to Memphis since being traded, as the star is said to have disclosed that he told his wife before the trade that he knew he might be dealt and joked about Memphis as the destination.
Iguodala said: “So, she asked me where I thought I would go. I said, ‘I don’t know, I’ll probably end up in Memphis or some s–t.’ She says, ‘For real?’ I was like, ‘Maybe. But probably not. I don’t know.’ The next day, I got the message. It was Memphis. I fell out laughing.”
Nonetheless, Iguodala is willing to share some of the stories and thoughts that have transpired in the 12 weeks since The Warriors traded him to Memphis.
The Nigerian-born star admits that there are times when he forgets he no longer is a Warrior, no longer with the voice of wisdom among former teammates Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney, as well as coach Steve Kerr and general manager Bob Myers.
With nostalgia still on his mind, Iguodala is yet to settle down with his new team and, as he keeps himself busy doing other things, he explains that his presence at the racetrack festivities Sunday probably goes back to childhood, when his father, a NASCAR fan, would hijack the TV on Sundays and leave his sons and everyone else to pick up a book or watch along with him.
There have been talks with his new team and a buyout is not inconceivable, but Iguodala relishes telling a story from his last days with Golden State, which developed in the days before and after the trade and, while admitting he finds it funny in a dark and surreal way, he recalls how he got in touch with his wife to keep her abreast with his trade plans in the summer.
Iguodala told NBC Sports Bay Area: “No one knows this story. But I have a sense that something is going down; Bob Myers and I are pretty cool. We have our conversations, so we’re on the same page. It was, ‘It might happen, but it might not. Most likely, it will. So, we’ll see.’
“So, I’m texting my wife, telling her I’ll probably get traded because I think it’s 100 percent sure, even though everyone else is saying, it’s only a chance.”

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