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Warriors expect free agent Andre Iguodala to return for one more season, per report

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Veteran forward Andre Iguodala has yet to make a decision about his future and remains a free agent as NBA training camp approaches. But while nothing is officially announced, the Golden State Warriors expect Iguodala to return for another season. according to Mark Stein.

The only certainty about Andre Iguodala’s plans for the upcoming season is that he intends to announce his decision to play or retire at age 38 on his weekly podcast with Evan Turner. I was told that the Warriors expect Iguodala to play another season, but are ready for any outcome and ready to get the 18-year veteran back on their schedule.

The last part of Stein’s note indicates that if Iguodala does return, it may not be at the very beginning of training camp. This would match with interview given by Warriors general manager Bob Myers earlier this month, in which he said Iguodala had “earned” the right to take his time with his decision.

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Myers also expressed his hope that Iguodala would return, both because of his leadership and influence in the locker room, and because of his game on the court.

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“I hope he plays for us, I know you heard Steve. [Kerr] comment on it,” Myers said. “I really think he’s important for our season… No one else can do that for our team and we think he can still play and help us in certain places.”

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Now Iguodala, now 38, returned to the Warriors last season after two seasons with the Miami Heat. However, he was hampered by a series of injuries and played in only 31 games in the regular season and seven in the playoffs. If he is healthy, he should play more this season; he remains a seasoned, versatile defender and has many years of succession with the likes of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

However, it’s hard to imagine him playing a major role at this point in his career. While he may not be at the level of illustrious assistant coach Udonis Haslem, he is at least on his way. This Myers quote speaks for itself:

“He’s one of the few people in the world who can look into the eyes of Curry or Draymond or Clay and date them at their level and take Jordan Poole or Cuminga or Wiseman and talk to them and cheer them on,” Myers said. .



Source: www.cbssports.com

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