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.
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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.
Marc Stein: There is some belief within league circles that the Grizzlies are prepared to take Andre Iguodala into the season unless they receive a trade offer featuring a future first-round pick
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 DallasBasketball.com. 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.
Chris Haynes: Andre Iguodala was informed by Warriors early last week that he could be traded to unload salary in event Kevin Durant moved on, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Today’s trade to Memphis wasn’t a shock.
Anthony Slater: Andre Iguodala is sure to emerge as a supreme buyout candidate, but he’s ineligible to return to the Warriors at any point next season. The Zydrunas Ilgauskas rule.
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.
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.
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Barry Jackson: Next significant event for Heat could be re-engaging with Wizards if Beal rejects three year, 111 M extension he’s eligible to sign after July 26. For now, Wizards have rejected all trade overtures on Beal, a potential 2021 free agent
The Oklahoma City Thunder’s discussions to move nine-time All-Star guard Chris Paul to a new destination are parked, and an increasing expectation exists that he will start the season with the team, league sources tell ESPN.
Oklahoma City has been working with Paul and his representatives on finding a trade, but nothing is materializing so deep into summer free agency, sources said. Both sides believe there are benefits to Paul, 34, playing out the season with the Thunder. For now, there’s a belief that there could be more success exploring trade scenarios again after Dec. 15 — or even the completion of the 2019-20 season, league sources said.
For now, Oklahoma City doesn’t feel a need to surrender draft compensation to unload Paul’s contract, sources said. The Thunder want to be competitive and believe that Paul can serve as a mentor to Gilgeous-Alexander, a second-year guard who’s considered the franchise’s future playmaker.
But I stand by my initial forecast: It may not happen until after next season, but Russell will eventually be dealt by the Warriors once Klay Thompson has recovered from a torn anterior crucial ligament in his left knee — thereby pushing Russell down to third on Golden State’s backcourt depth chart.
Has your play in the BIG3 built any momentum toward an NBA return? Is getting back to the NBA even a goal of yours? Joe Johnson: Yes, I’d love to get back and play in the NBA. It’s not my ultimate goal, it wasn’t my goal getting into the BIG3. But if the opportunity presents itself, I would take upon the challenge. I would love to. But, I got a job to do, and my agent has a job to do. I’m not sure about the momentum or how it’s going, but I just focus on what I can do and what I can control.
Can you clarify for me why there aren’t any tampering charges toward Kawhi or the team he signed with? — @Jay_Since82 from Twitter League officials generally won’t open a tampering investigation until there is formal complaint by at least one team — accompanied by some worthy evidence. The Toronto Raptors have not taken such a step. Nor is there any indication that an official complaint is looming from one of the league’s other 28 teams that did not land Kawhi Leonard. It would be a significant step for the Raptors or any other aggrieved team to push for an actual probe.