With the start of training camp a week away, the Golden State Warriors’ roster is set, with possibly one exception.
They have one final spot left on the roster, and it appears GM Bob Myers is keeping it open in case veteran forward Andre Iguodala decides to return for one more season.
All summer, he hasn’t decided whether to continue playing, but Myers is still hopeful that he will return to fight for a fifth NBA championship.
During a recent episode of “The TK Show” podcast, Myers told The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami that Iguodala has immense leadership skills that he can hold Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green accountable for, while also being an influence. positive in the team. and upcoming rotation players.
“There’s no one else in the league that can do that for our team,” Myers said. “And we think he can still play and help us at certain points. So we really want him back.”
Iguodala has given the Warriors a multifaceted veteran role player
For Golden State, Green is their Swiss Army knife, as he’s a jack of all trades like rebounding, passing and outfield handling, but he’s also a master of defense.
Iguodala is an RPG cut from a similar mold, and while he’s not quite as skilled or talented as Green, he can do many of the same things he can.
In particular, the 6-foot-6 forward’s defense has made him a valuable part of each of his four championship teams in the Curry era.
Although he’s no longer a good 3-point shooter, percentage-wise, his ability to hit timely 3-pointers is still an advantage for the Warriors, as is his passing.
YES SIR, @andre
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) June 3, 2022
Andre Iguodala just delivered one of the craziest passes you’ll ever see pic.twitter.com/Ps0PkDiBFZ
— JomboyMedia (@JomboyMedia) January 15, 2022
He’s not exactly the player he was in his youth when he was averaging nearly 20 points a game, but at the same time, the Warriors won’t be asking him to play that many minutes, especially given the depth they have in both. front points.
But his veteran leadership and experience could possibly be the most valuable attribute he has to offer right now.
Warriors are optimistic Iguodala will return
NBA reporter Marc Stein recently wrote on his substack that Golden State hopes Iguodala will return to the team, but nothing is official yet, and that the forward will announce his decision this week on his podcast.
It’s not official but the @Warriors suppose @andre return for his 19th season and help defend the World Championship. Igoudala is expected to formally announce the decision on his podcast soon. He would be ranked number 14 on the team’s roster.
— Cyrus Saatsaz (@DogSurfRoadshow) September 18, 2022
It’s an uplifting feeling to be loved, especially by a respectable organization like the Warriors, and it’s up to that person to return the favor by coming back for a while.
The team has an incredible opportunity to win its fifth world championship in a span of nine years, something that only the Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers have achieved in the NBA.
It’s the kind of accomplishment that could make Iguodala a very proud and content man for the rest of his life, and if he decides to return for next season, he and the Warriors have a good shot at it.
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