The Golden State Warriors are the team everyone is chasing, and if they can’t beat them with talent their next step is to break them up. Many teams are reportedly interested in signing Andre Iguodala in order to do just that.
You know the saying if you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em. Well in the case of the Golden State Warriors it’s if you can’t beat ‘em break ‘em up. That seems to be the case with teams who are targeting Andre Iguodala in free agency in attempt weaken the Warriors.
Golden State’s motto is strength in numbers and Iguodala is an important component to their depth. He’s a versatile sixth man used mostly for defense but he’s also effective in Steve Kerr’s offense. He most recently proved he can still score at a high level notching 20 points in the Warriors’ closeout game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals.
Chris Haynes of ESPN.com reports the Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic, Brooklyn Nets and Utah Jazz are all interested in Iguodala’s services.
Most of these teams don’t have a chance at signing the 33-year-old vet but teams like the Spurs and the Timberwolves who recently acquired Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls may appeal to Iguodala because of their potential to win games.
Because the Warriors have the opportunity to offer Iguodala about the same as anyone on the free market, his decision probably won’t boil down to money. Instead, it will come down to which team he can win with while having long-term security.
As presently constructed Golden State is the clear frontrunner in the NBA barring injury or major free agency losses. With that being said Iguodala would be best served to stay put, especially if the Warriors will pay him just as much as any other team. But it’s the length of a contract Golden State might offer that could be the determining factor.
So if another team in pursuit of the 2015 Finals MVP can give him the right amount of money and security, it may be enough to woo him away from the Warriors. In that scenario teams would likely gain some ground on Golden State. Iguodala may not be one of the league’s All-Stars but he is certainly an All-Star for the dubs and one they don’t want to lose.