Andre Iguodala will be returning to the Golden State Warriors for his 19th season in the NBA, the veteran announced on his “Forwards” podcast Friday morning.
His fill-in was the team’s 14th entry into training camp. According to Iguodala, this will be his final season.
“I have a few guys to blame,” Iguodala joked about his decision. “Stephen Curry is the one guy I’m blaming. But as a group, I’m blaming Steph, Draymond [Green] and Clay [Thompson]. Steve [Kerr] A little bit, Bob Myers, I think they just showed me a lot of love. They helped me see my presence outside of playing basketball, and, I think Steve was the culprit in “we really need you on the court.” Draymond is also important in that regard. “
The Warriors kept Iguodala on the roster for him throughout the offseason, trying to make decisions without putting pressure on him. Warriors general manager Myers said he didn’t receive any trades this summer that made the team feel compelled to rush to Iguodala.
Iguodala said he “retired for most of the summer,” but decided to return after speaking with teammates, Warriors staff and family.
Last season, Iguodala averaged 4 points on 30 percent shooting, 3.7 assists and 3.2 rebounds in just 31 games. From January through the end of the regular season, he missed all but six games with various injuries and then missed a month of the playoffs with a left cervical disc injury. But for the Warriors, Iguodala’s role extends far beyond the court.
“He’s done a lot of things on the court, and he’s done a lot of things on the court,” Miles said at a news conference Thursday. “And it’s hard to find that kind of consistency in the team he’s brought in. Sex and leadership. Even for Steve and myself, I can go and talk to Andre, he knows. He’s really smart. He knows our team. He’s a true professional. He knows the league. He’s seen a lot. He’s played an insane amount of Finals, which is crazy. He’s the guy you want.”
“I’m looking forward to the game, but I’m [Jonathan] Kuminga, Moses Moody,” Iguodala said on the podcast. “I’m on the young lads, and if I play, I’ll let them know, you’re not doing it right. You should never let me play. “
Iguodala said he returned to Golden State last year to help the team win its fourth championship in eight years and cement Curry’s legacy. Iguodala was ready to hang up after that, but the Finals MVP told his teammates he needed him again.
“I let you know, Stephen,” Iguodala said, looking directly at the camera. “This is the last one.”