Andre Iguodala will return to play his 19th season in the NBA with the Golden State Warriors, the veteran announced Friday morning on the PointForward podcast.
His return fill is the team’s 14th roster spot heading into training camp. According to Iguodala, this will be his final season.
“I’m going to blame some people,” Iguodala joked on his podcast about his decision to play another season. But as a group, I blame Steph, Draymond (Green), Clay (Thompson), Steve (Carr), a little bit, Bob Myers, I think they just showed me. Love. They helped me understand my existence outside of physically playing basketball. Draymond played a big role in that as well.”
The Warriors secured Iguodala’s roster spot throughout the offseason and tried not to pressure him to make decisions. Warriors general manager Bob Myers said no deals came to him over the summer that made him feel the need to rush.
Iguodala said he was “retired for most of the summer,” but decided to return after speaking with his 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. He missed all but six games from January to the end of the regular season with various injuries, then missed a month of the playoffs, leaving him with a cervical disc injury. But for the Warriors, Iguodala’s role extends far beyond the court.
“He does a lot on the court, not just on the court,” Warriors general manager Bob Myers said at a press conference Thursday. And leadership is really hard to find.Even for Steve and me I can talk to Andre.He is really smart.He knows our team.He is a true professional “He understands the league.
“I’m looking forward to playing, but I’m at (Jonathan) Kuminga, Moses Moody,” Iguodala said. “I’m with the young guys. If I’m on this court, you’re letting them know you’re not doing the right thing. Never allow me to be on the court.”
Iguodala said he returned to Golden State last year to help the team secure its fourth title in eight years and cement Curry’s legacy. Afterwards, Iguodala was ready to cut it, but the Finals MVP told his teammates they needed him again.
“I’ll let Steph know,” Iguodala said, looking directly at the camera. “This is the last time.”