Andre Iguodala, the last Lute Olson-coached player in the NBA, is now a free agent after the Miami Heat declined his $15 million team option for the 2021-22 season.
The Heat are declining the $15M team option on F Andre Iguodala’s contract for next season, making him a free agent, source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 1, 2021
Iguodala said before the the 2020-21 season that he has “one or two years left” before retirement, so it’s possible he has played his last NBA game.
However, the rumor mill is already connecting him to the Golden State Warriors, with whom Iguodala spent six seasons and won three NBA championships before being traded to the Memphis Grizzlies, who then shuttled him to the Heat.
The momentum behind an Andre Iguodala return to Golden State is bubbling strong already after Miami declined Iguodala's 2021-22 team option.— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) August 1, 2021
As Warriors owner Joe Lacob told @anthonyVslater: "Now we add a few veterans. We’re going to do that. You’ll see in the next few days."
The Los Angeles Lakers are also expected to express interest in Iguodala, as they have to sign veteran free agents to fill out a roster that includes a pricey big three of LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook.
Andre Iguodala’s former agent is current Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka. The two remain close and the Lakers are a team in play to sign him. https://t.co/g6PEhKtdkQ— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) August 1, 2021
Iguodala, 37, is far from the high-flying swingman that he used to be, but he can still do a little bit of everything on the court. He averaged 4.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.6 blocks per game in 21.3 minutes this season.
However, he shot just 38 percent from the field, a career low.
Per basketball-reference, Iguodala has earned $184 million in NBA salary over his career.