The 2019-20 NBA season is nearly two weeks old and Andre Iguodala is still with the Memphis Grizzlies — well, sort of.
The Grizzlies didn’t make the 35-year-old forward report for training camp in September, but he’s still under contract with the team and will be until they find a suitable trade partner for him or buy him out. So far, the latter seems unlikely.
If the Grizzlies did buy Iguodala out, though, the feeling around the league is that he’ll sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, where he has ties with both the front office and the team. Whether or not the interest between Iguodala and the Lakers is mutual, he seemed to enjoy watching them play on Friday.
While the Lakers were making a run against the Dallas Mavericks in the fourth quarter, Iguodala was live-tweeting the game. It’s safe to say there’s no hard feelings between him and James after James blocked his shot in the 2016 NBA Finals.
Gaw damn!— andre (@andre) November 2, 2019
He also seems pretty familiar with how Lakers head coach Frank Vogel utilizes his personnel.
“Who’s gonna shoot it?”— andre (@andre) November 2, 2019
The Lakers probably wouldn’t have needed an extra quarter to beat the Mavericks if they had another big body to throw on Luka Doncic. If there’s one thing that the Lakers could have used in the two close games they’ve been in, it’s a stout defensive wings who can operate a second creator.
Do you know who fits that bill well? Andre Tyler Iguodala, who won the Finals MVP in 2015 because of those same attributes.
Granted, the Lakers don’t have a vacant roster spot right now, but it’s hard to imagine they wouldn’t create room for Iguodala because of what a tremendous fit he’d be.
Let’s hope that’s a good problem they run into somewhere down the line.