At the heart of the offseason, Golden State still has several issues to manage internally. One of them is quite thorny, because the player in question does not yet know if he will continue his career. If he does, then the Dubs are ready to bring him back.
When you are the defending champion, the following off-season can paradoxically be complicated to live with. Indeed, the competition does everything in its power to steal your masterpieces. Unsurprisingly, the Warriors are therefore not having a restful summer, after lifting the Larry O’Brien trophy last June against the Celtics. Several members of the roster have already set sail, while others may well follow the same path soon.
Given that their finances are very tight, especially because of the Big Three, the men of the Bay may indeed have to resolve to let slip some of their best elements. We are thinking in particular of Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins, both essential during the 2021-22 run and who could obtain a very large salary, which the Californians may not be able to offer them. And then there are also the rumors surrounding a departure from Draymond Green…
In addition, another file worries the front office of San Francisco, that of Andre Iguodala. This one is a little different, because the veteran is more concerned about whether to hang up or not. On the side of Golden State, the position is clear as reported The Athletic :
The last guaranteed spot available is taken by Andre Iguodala, who is yet to decide whether he will retire or return. As the schedule shifts to August, the Warriors still aren’t rushing to make a decision.
“I leave Andre alone,” said Steve Kerr. “He knows where we are. If he wants to come back, we’d love to have him. The one thing we care about with Andre is that we want to give him the space and time he needs to make a decision. I leave him alone. We agree that he will make his decision when he wants to”.
Andre Iguodala still uncertain about his future
The 38-year-old winger is now in the twilight of his career, and recent months have seen his role on the pitch shrink. In the playoffs, he only played an average of 9 minutes, compared to nearly 20 in the regular season. The proof that his coaching staff knew that he would not necessarily follow the rhythm, and therefore redistributed his playing time accordingly. That’s usually a pretty bad sign for an athlete’s future.
That being said, like some of the league’s other deans (Udonis Haslem at the Heat, for example), Iggy’s role isn’t just confined to the courts. He is also a valuable mentor for the youngest, sharing with them his immense experience. An asset in the sleeve far from negligible when playing the post-season, especially since we are talking about an MVP of the Finals in 2015. He therefore knows exactly what it takes to win.
Will Andre Iguodala retire or attempt one last lap? If the winger leans towards the second option, then the Warriors will welcome him with open arms. He is a very important figure, after all, so we might as well honor him properly.