David Aldridge: Can still expect quick Durant re-sign in Golden State when/if Iguodala re-signs w/Dubs. Will still be 1+1 deal for slightly less than max.
Chris Haynes: The meeting between Houston Rockets and free-agent Andre Iguodala is scheduled for this morning, league sources inform ESPN.
The Spurs were expected to meet with Golden State free agent Andre Iguodala in Los Angeles, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes. And they've touched base with representatives for the Sacramento Kings' Rudy Gay, per sources, although a signing isn't imminent.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Lakers spoke with free agents Andre Iguodala and Rajon Rondo tonight, league sources tell @espn.
Tommy Beer: Per @Adrian Wojnarowski on SportsCenter - if Iguodala decides he wants a bigger deal elsewhere, Rudy Gay is a player GSW will focus on to replace him.
Bill Oram: Expect Clippers to now turn attention to Danilo Gallinari and Andre Iguodala. Hard to see MLE getting it done, but can always clear space.
Chris Haynes: Houston continues its ultra aggressive approach and has now secured a meeting with free-agent Andre Iguodala, league sources tell ESPN.
Sean Cunningham: Hearing Andre Iguodala and Rudy Gay among the first meetings for Sacramento Kings free agency. Kings taking hard look at everyone
Chris Haynes: Soon as free-agency period begins, Andre Iguodala will meet with the San Antonio Spurs in Los Angeles, league sources tell ESPN.
Chris Haynes: Andre Iguodala doesn't have plans to meet with Golden State Warriors during free-agency period, league sources tell ESPN.
Sam Amick: Something to watch on Warriors front: IF Andre Iguodala leaves, there's discussion about Dewayne Dedmon's candidacy for starting center spot
Zach Lowe: As of now, the Warriors and Andre Iguodala have no meeting scheduled, sources say. Could change any minute. Sides are optimistic.
Shams Charania: With Iguodala open to leaving Warriors and league interest accelerated, he plans to field offers at midnight Saturday, league sources say. twitter.com/ShamsCharania/…
Myers mostly sidestepped talking about free agency, beyond acknowledging it’s “pretty intense” given the small window of time between the Finals (which ended June 12), the draft (June 22) and Friday. Green offered his confidence in the front office, but also insisted he will not try to persuade players to stay. “I’m not going to say, ‘Hey, Andre, someone is offering you more money; don’t take that money, stay here,’” Green said. “He’s a grown man and he’s going to make the decision he wants to make. He obviously knows how bad we want him here, and how much we love playing with him.”
Monte Poole: To be clear: Andre prefers to stay with #Warriors. He also knows the power of leverage. He might take less, but that should not be assumed.
Andre Iguodala has become the foremost target in an attempt weaken the Golden State Warriors' chokehold on the NBA, league sources have told ESPN. The Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs, LA Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic, Brooklyn Nets and Utah Jazz are among the teams interested in the 2015 NBA Finals MVP, sources tell ESPN. It is not yet known if Iguodala will take meetings.
ESPN's Marc Stein first reported that the Spurs are attempting to create salary-cap flexibility to pursue Chris Paul this summer, and a combo acquisition of the Clippers' All-Star point guard and Iguodala has been discussed internally, sources say. The Spurs have made LaMarcus Aldridge and Danny Green available for trades, according to sources.
Philadelphia, where Iguodala spent his first eight seasons in the league, is in the midst of a rousing youth movement centered on development, fresh culture and identity along with a new organizational objective: winning. They covet veteran leadership and someone who is still productive on the court, which explains why the team is captivated by a potential reunion with Iguodala, sources say.
“I don’t know,” Myers said. “Free agency is predictably unpredictable. We love Andre. Hopefully we can find a way to make it work for not just him but all of our guys. But as far as specifics, there’s not a lot — and the rules make sense — there’s not a lot we can say definitively one way or the other.”
The 2017 NBA Finals MVP will turn down a player-option salary of approximately $28 million to momentarily hit free agency with the intentions of taking less than the max he's eligible for as a 10-year veteran. This is in order to improve the Warriors' chances of re-signing reserve stud Andre Iguodala, league sources told ESPN.
As the Golden State Warriors work to re-sign four core members of their championship team, the franchise is expected to receive the stiffest competition in free agency for Andre Iguodala, the 2015 NBA Finals MVP. Iguodala plans to seriously consider other teams in July, league sources told The Vertical. Prospective teams would need to show in meetings a vision to move toward contention to pry Iguodala from Golden State, league sources said.
Many teams are expected to pursue discussions with Iguodala, including the Warriors, Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves and Atlanta Hawks, league sources said. Among teams around the league, there’s a belief that the value this summer for a two-way wing such as Iguodala could reach $20 million annually. Iguodala had 20 points, four rebounds and three assists in the Warriors’ Game 5 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the NBA Finals.
But Durant has given every indication that he will take the 20% raise in order to give the Warriors the flexibility to pay Iguodala and Livingston whatever salary necessary above and beyond the cap number. By doing this new 1 + 1, Durant would be eligible to receive a “super-max” deal of about $205M in July 2018 when the Warriors would have his Early Bird Rights.
Iguodala has already indicated that his negotiation is almost already done and that he will re-sign with the Warriors, though I’m sure there are still deal points to be finalized. Months ago a source indicated to me that the only real issue to be worked out was the number of guaranteed years.
Today after Warriors shoot-around I asked Draymond Green, signed through July 2020, if he had heard about Iguodala’s comments (he hadn’t), and whether he had any doubt that the Warriors’ core pieces would all be coming back. “No, there’s no doubt in my mind,” Green said. “None at all. “Stick together and make this thing happen and try to win as many championships as we possibly can. So no, there’s no doubt in my mind.”
This is particularly relevant to free agents Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston, who have been pivotal to the Warriors' success as they have advanced to three straight NBA Finals.
Iguodala is expected to receive interest from a number of teams such as Phoenix, Minnesota and Atlanta, league sources tell ESPN.
Albert Nahmad: But that’s just one of the many fun and intriguing storylines for Warriors fans this summer and in the years ahead. Kevin Durant is at the core of an entirely different one. (He likely already knows how it’ll turn out. But we don’t. Which creates drama!) Kevin Durant, who'll have Non-Bird rights with Warriors this summer, holds the future of Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston in his hands. Durant could seek $35M max, but Warriors would need to create cap space for it, which likely includes renouncing Iguodala and Livingston. If Durant is willing to take $31.8M on 1+1, Warriors could exceed cap to re-sign Iguodala and Livingston… and max Durant out next summer.
Shams Charania: Golden State's Andre Iguodala had clean MRI result on sore left knee today, no structural damage, league sources tell @The Vertical.
Next step: Iguodala. If he and Myers can nail down the salary numbers and length, and if Durant’s deal means the Warriors can maintain Iguodala’s Bird Rights, then this is basically a done deal. In fact, an NBA source indicated recently that the only real open question now is the amount of years.
The key mathematical part of this for the Warriors is Durant, who could seek the max of about $36 million for 2017-2018. But the Warriors don’t have his Bird Rights, so they’d have to shed a lot of money to create the cap space to fit such a salary, and that would include the renouncing of Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.
But if Durant is willing to take strictly a 20-percent raise from this season’s salary of $26.5 million up to $31.8 million, the Warriors would not have to fit him into cap space and then could use Bird Rights to re-sign Iguodala and Livingston above and beyond the cap. “Haven’t even thought about it that much,” Durant said on the podcast. “But I don’t plan on going anywhere else.”
Iguodala's a free agent after this season but he's deeply connected to the Bay Area. "For me, I'm in a beautiful place, my family loves it here, we all enjoy it. So for me to just take it day by day. And let it happen how it was supposed to happen," he said.
Midway through the second quarter of Thursday night’s rout of Orlando, Draymond Green saw a wide-open Iguodala streaming toward the rim. Green picked up his dribble midcourt and found Iguodala for a spectacular alley-oop. It was the type of acrobatic dunk that raised an important question: How many more years does Iguodala have left before he focuses exclusively on his off-the-court endeavors? “Ten,” said Iguodala, who will be a free agent this summer. “I’ll just lie like that to get leverage” in contract negotiations.
But Durant could nix that issue by taking a starting salary of $31.8 million — a 20 percent increase from this season, but about $4 million less than his projected max. That would allow the Warriors to sign him under his non-Bird rights, freeing them to go over the cap to retain Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala. At Saturday’s All-Star availability in New Orleans, Durant was asked if that’s something he would consider. “We’ll figure that out when the time comes,” Durant said.
“I don’t feel the need to go tell Shaun and Andre: ‘Yo, go take less money, money isn’t everything,’” Green said during his media scrum Friday at All-Star weekend. “I don’t feel the need to say that, nor will I say that. You can’t tell a guy what money he should make or what’s important to him or his pocket. I don’t count anyone else’s pocket. “Will we recruit them and want them back? Hell yeah. We’ll do everything we can to get them back. But I’m not going to tell them, ‘Hey, man, you should stay here for a little less money.’”
Because Durant would need to be signed with cap space, the large cap holds of both Shaun Livingston ($10.9 million) and Andre Iguodala ($16.7 million) would need to be renounced. Curry’s $18 million free-agent cap hold will now be replaced with a likely $36 million salary. The remainder of the roster would be filled using the room mid-level exception and minimum players, meaning the total committed salaries for next season will likely be $135 million. Golden State will likely be in the luxury tax with a $21.5 million penalty. A. Under contract Kevin Durant $36,050,000. Stephen Curry $36,050,000. Klay Thompson $17,826,150. Draymond Green $16,400,000.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The feeling around (Andre Iguodala) is, hey, there's going to be so many teams with space this summer and will have interest in him, they don't need him to be traded... and he wants to win another title. He doesn't want to go somewhere else now.
December 2, 2020 | 1:29 pm EST Update
This extension will take James through the 2022-23 season, giving him 20 seasons in the NBA. James is now set to make $39.2 million in 2020-21, $41,180,544 in 2021-22 and $44,474,988 in 2022-23.
He then expressed how the fans’ reactions not only to his on-court contributions but also his off-court work impacted his decision to remain in Indianapolis. “I think that means a lot because, yes, I am a basketball player,” he added. “But playing this game, you know, is my job. But, I’m also trying to help others, encourage others, and be a good example for how you live life, period. “So to hear people say that I’m good for the team on the floor but as well as off the floor is a big deal to me…Indiana is a very very dope place to play because you get love from everyone all around. I literally don’t feel like I’m playing in a city and like, ‘dang, people don’t like me.’ And I really feel the love from everyone. That’s, again, a big deal to me because I just want to be somewhere where people want me and appreciate me. And I think I found that.”
Orlando Magic forward Al-Farouq Aminu underwent a minor arthroscopic procedure to address continued swelling in his right knee, President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman announced today. The procedure went as planned and will allow Aminu to complete his final phase of rehabilitation. Aminu’s return to the court will depend on how he responds to treatment and rehabilitation. He missed 55 games last season after originally suffering the injury on November 29, 2019 vs. Toronto. Aminu underwent surgery on January 7.
The sports nutrition company Ladder, which James started with Arnold Schwarzenegger as well as a host of other investors and athlete personalities, has been acquired by the digital fitness company Openfit to be the company’s official nutrition provider. Openfit announced the acquisition on Wednesday and LeBron James celebrated the news on social media on Wednesday morning as well. “After pushing my body to its limits season after season, I needed a different level of supplements that I could trust to complement my workouts and aid in the recovery process. With Ladder, we achieved that. We were able to work with experts to create an incredible line of certified, high caliber supplements for all athletes, but we always recognized that is just one part of the process,” said LeBron James, champion athlete and Ladder co-founder in a press release about the acqusition. “Now with the reach and resources of the Openfit platform, we’re excited about bringing this all together and creating a new level of training and nutrition that fits everyone’s individual needs.”
December 2, 2020 | 1:06 pm EST Update
Shams Charania: Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James has agreed to a two-year, $85 million maximum contract extension with the franchise, CEO of Klutch Sports, Rich Paul, told @The Athletic @Stadium.
Dave McMenamin: LeBron James’ two-year, $85 million extension – as confirmed to ESPN by his agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports – will take him through the 2022-23 season, giving him 20 in the NBA. His oldest son, Bronny, is slated to graduate high school in 2023. The Athletic first w/ extension
Dane Moore: A source within the league told me a suspension for Malik Beasley is “likely” in response to his arrest this fall. Asked today about whether Beasley might be facing a suspension, Gersson Rosas said “it’s an ongoing process” that Beasley and the team have fully cooperated with.