Andre Iguodala Rumors

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Andre Iguodala
Andre Iguodala
Position: G-F
Born: 01/28/84
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:207 lbs. / 93.9 kg.
Salary: $17,185,185
So, how is the former Warriors forward approaching the “bubble” at Disney World? “It’s not really a different type of environment,” the 2015 NBA Finals MVP said Saturday after practice. “The majority of the league comes from low to middle-class income families. We played in worse conditions. Obviously the NBA and every team should be giving all the players all the resources they need. “It’s just getting the mental side right, making the most of the moment and putting forth the mental and physical effort to keep our game in a healthy place … we’re doing it as a collective. We’re competing on the court, but hopefully the players are getting a chance to interact and keep each other in a good mental space.”
Storyline: Orlando Bubble
“We’ve been working with (NBPA Executive Director) Michele [Roberts], Chris [Paul] and Andre [Iguodala] and several other players on a shared goal that the season restart leads to collective action towards combating systematic racism and promoting social justice,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said last Friday in a conference call with reporters. “This includes strategies to increase Black representation in all positions across the NBA and its teams, ensure greater inclusion of Black-operated businesses across NBA business activities, and the formation of an NBA foundation to expand educational and economic development opportunities across the Black community.”
Heat forward Andre Iguodala told CNET’s Lindsey Turrentine on the “Now What” video series that the most important thing that needs to be considered in any potential return is player health. “It’s very interesting. There are a lot of things at stake, with health being the number one thing we have to keep in mind and player safety. Peace of mind as well, knowing that we could possibly be in an environment and what that environment may look like.” said Iguodala. “I think that is most important. But as we’ve seen throughout these times, not just in sports but in politics and with our unemployment numbers being the way that they are, what’s the right time to move forward and at what cost.”
“With the Miami Heat we have Zoom workouts 4-5 times a week and you have about eight or nine guys at least on there. We’re making do with the bikes, treadmills, some weights. Even if you just have a set of 40s or 50s, there is a plethora of workouts you can accomplish,” said Iguodala. “I’ve gotten really creative in the front yard doing a lot of boxing workouts. You get the right trainer over a Zoom call and trainers are very creative. Their whole passion is to make you suffer so, you can get a good workout.”
“Vets accepted me,” Cook said. “Shaun and Andre and Zaza would tell me, every day, ‘Be a star in your role.’ I remember a couple times, especially in second year, Shaun and Andre would tell me ‘shoot the ball.’ “A lot of guys you hear about in the league, that they’re always selfish,” Cook added. “Or they only think about this. They don’t want to bring up the (younger) guy because it could affect playing minutes or money or whatever. Man, those dudes, Shaun and Andre, they wanted me to get 20 every night. It was, ‘Go shoot (with second unit).’ They would just lift my confidence every single day.”
“Doug Collins lied to my face. Because he told me that I was going to be like Jesus Christ for the Sixers. And that’s why they took me out of the World Championship. The one coach who lied to me the most was Collins. He promised me something that later it wasn’t true. Andre Iguodala and Evan Turner played in Philadelphia, and I started playing when Iguodala was injured. But when he came back, everything changed. Andre did not want me in the team, because I hit him in practice, pushed him, irritated him. He was complaining about it, and instead of having my back, Collins pulled me out of the rotation. Then he lied to me again just before the playoffs. One day he comes and says ‘I’m going to rest Iguodala for a few games. I’ll give you those games so you are ready for the playoffs. Because this is a big thing, this is not for kids. Be ready’. I played well in the final two games of the regular season, averaging 15 points, and we started the playoffs against LeBron’s Miami, I had 10 minutes and never played again.”
Iguodala, 36, didn’t disclose how much he invested in Zoom two years ago. He and his longtime business partner, Rudy Cline-Thomas, reportedly spend between $25,000 and $150,000 on such investments across a portfolio of more than 40 companies. “All my investments are pretty standard in range and terms,” Iguodala said. “The earlier you invest, the less you invest because of the risk involved. As you get later, the checks get bigger.”
Who is the most interesting Warriors player that you’ve had an honest discussion with, whether it be in the locker room or on the phone or at the hotel? Ethan Sherwood Strauss: Andre Iguodala by far. Andre is smart, he’s cynical, he’s cryptic, he’s always playing games with you. But if you play back, then it gets even more interesting. He’s a purist, he loves basketball. He’s very ambivalent to what this all means for him.
It didn’t take long for second-year forward Duncan Robinson to make a strong impression on Miami Heat newcomers Jae Crowder and Andre Iguodala. In Crowder and Iguodala’s first few weeks with the Heat before the NBA season was suspended March 11 because of the coronavirus crisis, they both came away impressed by Robinson. Not only with Robinson’s ability to make threes, but also with his relentless off-the-ball work to find open shots and his desire to become more than just a three-point specialist.
“He’s establishing himself as an NBA player, not just an NBA player but a threat out there on the court,” Iguodala said of Robinson. “He’s very eager to get better and not be content, and I think you have a lot of shooters, especially in today’s game, that are satisfied with just being able to shoot because the game is trending that way. But I think he wants to be a complete basketball player.”
So, where does Robinson rank among the elite three-point shooters Crowder has played with? “He’s definitely top five,” Crowder said. “I’ve played with a few. Probably top two. I think about Kyle Korver and I think about Duncan. “To be honest with you, Kyle Korver comes off one way, though. Duncan is coming off both sides, so he’s a little more dynamic in that sense. I don’t want to say he’s a better shooter, but he’s more dynamic because really Kyle Korver wants to come off the left side of the floor. If you notice, he wants to come off that left side corner. So, Duncan can come out and play both sides. He’s a little more dynamic.”
VECENIE: I have one particular deal I’ve been kicking around for a while, and I’ve floated it to a few people around the league who have found it interesting. The Golden State Warriors seem primed to use the $17.2 million trade exception that they created in last summer’s Andre Iguodala trade to Memphis. Typically, within a trade exception, you can’t take back more than the amount of the exception in a deal. Given that Aaron Gordon is set to make $18.1 million next year, you’d think he’s out of the running. Not so fast, my friend. The Warriors could swing what would amount to a sort of three-team trade that functions as two separate trades in actuality to make someone like Gordon fit into that exception. They could take back a big contract on someone’s books — say, Minnesota’s James Johnson after Johnson picks up his player option for $16 million next season — into that trade exception and actually use that contract in a separate trade to acquire someone making more than $17.2 million.
On Wednesday morning, Kevon Looney joined 95.7 The Game’s morning show and had the following exchange with host Joe Fortenbaugh: Fortenbaugh: “A lot of people were coming out saying, ‘How bad is this injury? How come he’s (Iguodala) not playing?’ I think part of that was because the team — and rightfully so in a smart way — was trying to keep the information that made it out to the public limited. But that created all this speculation. So behind closed doors, what were you guys talking about as you heard the media questioning the severity of the injury?” Looney: “We were all questioning the severity of it. We didn’t really know. Andre is pretty poker-faced. He kept everything under wraps. We saw him rehabbing every day but we were really focusing in on that series. “Us being down, we were just trying to come back and win. We were trying to figure out if Andre was gonna be back. But they kind of told us that he was done for Houston and if we make it to the Finals that he would be back hopefully.
Seven other current NBA players are also investors in Uncharted Power, the company said, but the company declined to name them. Tech has attracted several current and former NBA stars as investors over the years. Top NBA names like Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant and Miami Heat star Andre Iguodala are notable tech investors. Iguodala, who just announced a new partnership with Comcast Ventures, also is an investor in tech companies like Facebook, Tesla, Twitter and Apple.
Andre Iguodala had such a strong conviction about the Heat organization that he agreed to the two-year, $30 million extension — prior to the trade from Memphis – without speaking with Spoelstra or Riley, Iguodala told me on Wednesday. The second year of that extension (2021-22) is a team option. “I pretty much knew, had a good feel for the team,” he said. “Playing against them in the playoffs, playing against them in the Eastern Conference and kind of seeing the scope of their organization, you pretty much know what it is.”
He said he read Pat Riley’s book, The Winner Within, “five, six years ago. So it was kind of funny, when the potential came up for that team, I was OK, opportunity to be with a solid team that’s growing that has some really good young talent. And I kind of knew the DNA already.” He said the one person with whom he spoke, before the trade, was “a good friend who is pretty close with one of the former Heat Hall of Famers. We had a quick chat about it. I’ve been on him for 12, 13 years. We have a good relationship. He will [remain nameless]; no one knows him though; good family friend.”
What’s your overall perspective on the trade deadline? Grizzlies GM Zach Kleiman: “We were pleased with what we were able to do at the deadline. With the Andre Iguodala situation, which was obviously going to come to a head at some point, there were several options that were on the table at the end of the day. For us to be able to go out and bring in a player in Justise Winslow, who we feel like is a very strong fit on the court and off the court, a player that I think really embodies a lot of the things that we’ve talked about from Day 1 in terms of having an incredible work ethic, basketball IQ, (is) nasty defensively and has a low ego. He’s a really unselfish guy as well. We felt like he could be a really strong long-term fit on the court and off the court. We’re well aware we leveraged our cap space. We pulled ourselves out of the free agency market (this summer). There’s an opportunity cost to doing so. None of that’s lost on us. For us to be able to add one player who we believe in as a key piece, as a fit to what we’re building going forward, that was Plan A. That was the deal that we were hoping to get done.”
Specifically with that, to clarify the Iguodala stuff, there’s been some talk about the agreement you guys had come to. Can you speak to your side of it? Zach Kleiman: All I’ll say there is the entire time we were in communication with Andre’s camp. Those communications were fine. We were on the same page throughout. At the end of the day, we’re very happy Andre’s in a situation where he has an opportunity to compete this year. We’re happy for him. It’s a loss, losing Solomon Hill and Jae Crowder in connection with the deal. Both of them were fantastic in our locker room, and I think they made a significant impact on the court as well. It stings to lose them, and that’s not necessarily something we wanted to do, per se. But we’re happy they’re also in a situation where they’re joining a team that has a chance to compete this year along with Andre. At the end of the day, all parties came out ok.
Most dudes wouldn’t be too happy to leave South Beach … but Justise Winslow tells TMZ Sports that ain’t the case — saying he’s elated to join the Memphis Grizzlies!!! Of course, Winslow played his whole career with the Heat before getting shipped off to Elvis’ old stomping grounds as part of the Andre Iguodala deal. We spoke with the 23-year-old over the weekend about the move … and he’s stoked for the fresh start. “It’s great!,” JW tells us. “I love it here! Everybody’s been very receiving and excited for me, so I just continue to try and get healthy and make an impact.”
“When [Butler] was in other places, he got knocked for [speaking his mind],” Iguodala said. “He was disruptive toward his other teammates, but you put him around some guys that actually want to get to the grind, what did he do for them? He upped their level of play, right? “I think he upped the level of play for the guys on the Bulls. I think [the major issue] was only at one stop, really, [in Minnesota], and we see what’s happening with that ship.”
While the Warriors still have their three All-Stars in Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, they are missing too many critical elements. They don’t have the immense and versatile talents of Durant. They don’t have a reliable center who can serve as the rock and promote ball movement. And just as importantly, they don’t have Iguodala, who was a critical chromosome in the DNA of what made the Warriors champions. Nobody understands that more than Curry. “It’s always kind of just real with him,” said Curry, who talked with Iguodala about golf more than anything. “He’s just a true dog in the sense of, like, trying to be the best at everything he does.”