NBA rumors: Clippers interested in Thompson, Love and Dedmon

The Clippers have been aggressive, no surprise considering they have the $11.5 million Mo Harkless contract and a first round pick to deal. Considering if LA doesn’t trade the pick it can’t deal another one until we colonize Mars, there is some urgency in the LA front office to get a deal done. The Clippers have kicked the tires on Kevin Love and could grab disgruntled Kings center Dewayne Dedmon, but neither are preferred options. There is some interest in Tristan Thompson in LA’s front office, per sources, as LA’s coaching staff has fretted about the team’s rebounding, particularly when Ivica Zubac is off the floor. Wing depth is a consideration for the Clippers, with Robert Covington and Iguodala among the possibilities discussed.

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Stadium: “Sources tell me that the Heat have emerged as a suitor for Andre Iguodala.” NBA Insider @ShamsCharania reports on Miami-Memphis talks for Iguodala.
David Aldridge: Iguodala and Memphis mutually agreed he would not report to the Grizzlies while the team tried to find a trade partner. The 36-year-old has yet to play after being traded by Golden State to the Grizzlies last summer.
The Minnesota Timberwolves, several league executives say, are looking for the lofty price tag of two first-round picks for versatile forward Robert Covington. And one league source says the Memphis Grizzlies offered Andre Iguodala to the Milwaukee Bucks for the 2020 protected first-round pick they acquired from Indiana in the deal that sent point guard Malcolm Brogdon to the Pacers last summer. While adding Iguodala's playmaking ability, postseason pedigree and defense to the team with the league's best record is tantalizing, it would be a Rubik's Cubesian challenge to construct a deal that would allow Milwaukee to absorb his $17.2 million contract.
The Dallas Mavericks, who made a trade offer on July 10 to acquire Iggy, have not budged. While various reports around the NBA have created the impression that there is "new movement'' regarding Iguodala, there is nothing of the sort from the Mavs' side. Dallas' early-July offer to Memphis for the 35-year-old defensive stopper, who is on the Grizzlies roster but is not really part of the team, was the salary burden of Courtney Lee and a second-round pick, owned by Dallas via Golden State.
The Andre Iguodala sweepstakes have been a source of major intrigue since the summer. Memphis Grizzlies sources are quite confident that they will get value by flipping Iguodala, whom they’ve allowed to train on his own until they determine his next destination. Some executives around the league suspect that Memphis’ fallback option is a Mavericks offer of Courtney Lee and the Warriors’ surprisingly high second-rounder, though Dallas sources have done their best to refute that.
Speaking of the Lakers (36-9), they would happily welcome Iguodala if he's eventually bought out, but L.A. doesn't have a clear path to the 2015 NBA Finals MVP and his $17.2 million salary, with no first-rounders to offer and valuable contributors Danny Green and/or Kentavious Caldwell-Pope necessary to make a trade cap-worthy. "We're not buying him out," an executive with the Grizzlies said. "We will trade him, period."
The Mavericks are continuously cited by league sources as a potential landing spot for Grizzlies wing Andre Iguodala, who could help them this season as a secondary ball handler without compromising their future cap space. The Mavs have also made offers to the Timberwolves for Robert Covington, but those have been declined, according to multiple league sources. Covington won’t make many plays off the dribble, but he’d be an upgrade over Dorian Finney-Smith as a 3-and-D wing. It remains to be seen whether Dallas has the ammo to complete a trade, but it’s clear that the team is looking to bolster its postseason odds.
The Memphis Grizzlies continue to believe they will trade Andre Iguodala by the trade deadline. "The word on the street is that they really do believe that they're going to find a trade for Iguodala," said Brian Windhorst. "They're adamant about that," said Tim MacMahon. "Well, they've been adamant about it for months, but now that we're in the zone where they're actually having real talks.. Again, what I feel in talking to people out there is that they do think that's going to happen."
General manager Elton Brand’s first stab at a fix has been scoping the market for more shooters. Embiid is an average shooter and Simmons is a nonshooter. The team’s offense excels with just one of them but gets clunky with them both, so finding players who can space the floor is critical. The Sixers have expressed interest in a long list of wings, including Malik Beasley (Nuggets), Glenn Robinson III (Warriors), Davis Bertans (Wizards), E’Twaun Moore (Pelicans), and Andre Iguodala (Grizzlies), according to multiple league sources.
The word since the summer has been that the Grizzlies are looking for a promising asset in return for Iguodala, whom they received along with a protected future first. That hasn’t changed. The Grizzlies are certain that Iguodala will be moved before the deadline and have engaged several teams on frameworks for potential deals. There’s confidence that Memphis will be able to land a first-round pick or promising young player in return, as preferred by the front office.
Brad Townsend: Fair amount of Iguodala talk on TNT last night, as in Lakers wanting to pry the idle Iggy from Memphis. Far as Mavs are concerned, been told Dallas has zero interest. Management loves current chemistry. Not that Iggy is a bad apple, but major disruption to playing rotation.
The chances of that are getting sketchy, though. Two months into the season, the Grizzlies have not budged on their demand for Iguodala, an indication that they feel they’ll be able to make a worthwhile deal ahead of the February 7 trade deadline. “They haven’t budged,” one league executive told “Maybe they will as the date gets closer, but they’ve made clear, they’re not interested in a buyout with Andre and they’re looking for a first-rounder. Teams have been trying. They haven’t let go of that. But that tells you they know they’ll be able to get something and won’t have to buy him out.”
The Warriors ended Houston's season four of the last five years, including twice in the Western Conference finals. In 2020, the Rockets are hoping a former Golden State forward can be the piece that gets them over the top. As ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said Sunday: "Daryl Morey has tried any number of two-way, three-way, four-way scenarios to get Andre Iguodala from Memphis. That doesn't seem to be a scenario that is going to come into play. "I think he's kind of thrown his hands up on that one."
If Iguodala isn’t dealt, the Grizzlies would be persuaded to cut him before March to preserve his playoff eligibility. But one executive suggested he'd probably have to give up a sizable portion of the salary he's guaranteed to earn in Memphis. "Iguodala would probably need to take a hit financially to join a contender if he isn't traded," the executive said.
The Lee expiring contract along with Dallas' collection of second-round picks could be enough to get the Grizzlies' Andre Iguodala. The Warrior' 2020 second-rounder is looking particularly valuable. Lee-for-Iguodala would work straight up, and two second-rounders might be the best Memphis gets.
The Grizzlies have already received a protected 2024 first-round draft pick for taking on Iguodala from the Warriors, and now they’re searching for a similar asset in a trade. Several teams have had discussions about Iguodala dating to the summer: Denver, Dallas, Houston and the Clippers, among others. Memphis is confident that a trade will materialize between now and the February trade deadline.
Andre Iguodala, Memphis Grizzlies: As much as the Lakers would love for Iguodala to get bought out, I’m told there’s no world in which that happens. The Grizzlies will trade Iguodala—it’s only a matter of when and to whom. According to a source, Memphis is open to any type of trade package, including deals that bring back a long-term salary.
Windhorst pointed to Courtney Lee's contract as the key to any potential deal. "Executives believe the Mavericks are a team that we should watch when it comes to the Andre Iguodala landing spot. They have a tradable contract in Courtney Lee, and extra second-round picks they could potentially use to get Memphis interested," added Windhorst.
[Wojnarowski] The message that Memphis has delivered to teams like the Lakers, Clippers and Rockets is that you're going to have to trade for him [Iguodala]. We are not buying him out. He will not be on the free agent market.
Andre Iguodala continues to loom in the background, waiting to be traded out of Memphis or bought out around the February trading deadline. Insiders are nearly universal in their prediction he signs with the Lakers in a buyout scenario, but the Clippers have a ton of depth. They could trade for Iguodala and make their best-in-the-conference defense even more formidable.
Memphis plans to wait on a buyout with Iguodala until February’s trade deadline. The Grizzlies are still holding out hope that a trade can be worked out and have been holding firm on their asking price of a first-round pick. If not, Iguodala will be cut loose from Memphis and free to sign with whomever he chooses—around the league, that’s expected to be the Lakers.
But there are still teams in the mix. All, according to speculation from league executives, are in the Western Conference. “He’s got more value in the West,” one GM told “I can’t see a team in the East moving for him. He has the experience guarding LeBron and that’s what you want out of him. That and you want to keep him off the Lakers, you want their bench to be a weak spot. He doesn’t have those same kinds of good matchups in the East. You don’t want to put him on Giannis (Antetokounmpo) in a seven-game series, for sure.”
But the Grizzlies have yet to show interest in that deal and whether the Mavs would revisit the offer is a question. Sources indicate that the Mavs’ intent as the season progresses is to hunt for a piece with the trade exception they hold from the Harrison Barnes deal, worth $11.7 million. The Mavs can take on a player with a contract less than that value without giving up anything in return.
You have $50 to bet. Where does Andre Iguodala end up? I posed this question to multiple NBA executives Monday and Tuesday morning. Not all of them answered. But of those who did, every single one of them said the Lakers. “Best combination of ring chance and role,” one longtime team boss said. I thought someone would say the Clippers. None did. (Wait; just got one guy who says Clippers, but does so with no particular enthusiasm.) That means nothing, of course; the Clips stayed silent all through the KawhiStakes and wound up getting their man in large part because they kept their mouths shut. Also, there’s always a stealth team out there who sneaks into the mix.
Iguodala is thought to be highly sought after by contending teams, but the size of his contract makes him somewhat difficult to trade. In keeping Iguodala for now, the Grizzlies are signaling that they believe a deal will materialize ahead of the February deadline.
Given that, it’s clear that the Mavericks absolutely have interest in Iguodala for the right price. The position they are weakest at is the 3; excluding Doncic, who will have the ball in his hands most of the time when he’s on the court, the wings are made up of Tim Hardaway Jr., Justin Jackson, and Dorian Finney-Smith. Adding Iguodala would certainly help.
(Morey would not specify other teams involved in trade talks he pursued or other discussions beyond with the Thunder on the deal that was completed. He was in talks throughout that week with the Grizzlies about a deal for Andre Iguodala, according to two individuals with knowledge of the Rockets' thinking, but Morey would not confirm any other trade talks.)
Houston remains extremely interested in acquiring forward Andre Iguodala, per team sources. While the hope remained he would get a buyout, the team is exploring different scenarios to acquire Iguodala. The belief is Memphis wants at least first-round compensation for the former Finals MVP. The Rockets are also interested in younger players with athleticism, like David Nwaba, who recently signed a two-year deal with Brooklyn.
Alas, Westbrook gets his new start with the team that sources say was his No. 1 option and the Rockets are now poised to make the sort of run that had begun to look so unlikely – especially if they can keep adding to the roster from here. Priority No. 1? Secure a deal for former Warriors sixth man Andre Iguodala, who was traded by the Warriors to Memphis on June 30 to make room for D’Angelo Russell in the Kevin Durant sign-and-trade with Brooklyn. The Rockets have continued their push to land the 35-year-old via trade, with the Clippers also known to be among the most serious suitors. They are also hoping to add veteran big man Tyson Chandler.
The Dallas Mavericks' long-standing desire to shed themselves of Courtney Lee has manifested itself in a trade offer from the Mavs to Memphis that would send Lee and a second-round pick to the Grizzlies in exchange for veteran standout Andre Iguodala, sources tell The Grizzlies' so-far response, DBcom has been told, is that they are unwilling to take on the ballast of Lee's $12.759 million salary in such a deal.
The Memphis Grizzlies announced today that the team acquired forward Andre Iguodala and a future first round draft pick from the Golden State Warriors for the two-way rights to forward Julian Washburn. Iguodala (6-6, 215) has appeared in 1,108 regular season games (779 starts) over a 15-year NBA career and has averaged 12.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.50 steals in 33.4 minutes for the Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets and Warriors. Selected with the ninth overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft, the 35-year-old has won three NBA championships with the Warriors (2015, 2017, 2018) and has earned NBA All-Defensive honors twice (First Team in 2013-14, Second Team in 2010-11).
Andre Iguodala, Grizzlies: For now, the Grizzlies don't intend to give him a buyout and will try to retrade him. That is a reasonable strategy, though it may be unlikely for another team to take Iguodala at this salary and also give up an asset to get him. When the posturing is finished, there will be haggling over how much Iguodala may have to give up in guaranteed money to get out. He's going to be available and numerous teams will be after him. The Lakers, where his old agent Rob Pelinka is the GM, are a strong option.
Ramona Shelburne: If you need any reminder that the NBA is a business, the Warriors trading Andre Iguodala to Memphis to clear out room for DLo is it. There’s deep sadness in Golden State at the prospect of this group w/out him. He’s held in extremely high regard by the staff & players.
Adrian Wojnarowski: 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.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr could use Iguodala’s unmatched playmaking, defensive versatility and team-oriented leadership either through a playoff run or rebuilding season. Or Warriors general manager Bob Myers might consider it more useful to collect assets on an expiring contract. “I’m confident I’ll be back. If not, there are no hard feelings,” Iguodala said. “You want nothing but the best, especially with the way I feel with Steph. Wherever Steph is at, I want him to do well. You know how I feel about Steph.”
A sign-and-trade scenario would be the most realistic way for Golden State to acquire James. The Warriors could build an offer around Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala to match salary and tempt the Cavaliers into making a deal, according to ESPN's Kevin Pelton. To make a sign-and-trade possible, Golden State also would need Kevin Durant to decline his player option and take even less than his current annual salary of $25 million, in addition to moving Shaun Livingston's salary to a team with cap space. Golden State probably would have to fill out its bench with players making the league minimum.
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