Andre Iguodala got his wish. His now former teammates did not.
The grizzlies agreed to sell Andre Iguodala to the heat, where the veteran wing has a $ 30 million two-year extension, ESPN and The athletic reported. The second year of extension is reportedly a team option.
Justise Winslow was part of the package that went to Memphis, according to the ESPN, but the full terms of the contract were not immediately known.
In addition, Heat, Grizzlies and Thunder are working on a sophisticated three-team deal that would drive both Iguodala and Danilo Gallinari into the heat, league sources told ESPN. The talks are ongoing and, according to the website, could last until Thursday.
36-year-old Iguodala has been hoping to get a competitor or buyout year-round since the Warriors sent him to Memphis in July along with a first salary election. This annoyed his Memphis teammates, who had a surprise playoff push this season and who had the last playoff spot in the Western Conference on Wednesday.
"A man on our team doesn't want to be on our team," Grizzlies security guard Dillon Brooks told reporters Monday night. "I can't wait to find a way to trade it so we can play it, and I can show him what Memphis is really about."
Unfortunately, the Grizzlies and Heat have had two matchups this season, so Brooks doesn't stand a chance at Iguodala this season, although his comments have been supported on social media by teammates like Ja Morant. Brooks’s excavation came after a report saying that Iguodala would be suspended for the entire season if it weren't given to a preferred team by Thursday’s deadline.
Instead, the heat landed Iguodala, the three-time NBA champion and former finals MVP, and added him to a team that started Wednesday with a 34-15 record, equated for the third seed in the east. Last season, Iguodala averaged 5.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 3.2 assists, while shooting 33.3 percent out of 3.
Iguodala, who had a $ 17.2 million salary this season, has played in 153 career playoff games, 15 of which started for the Warriors last season.
23-year-old Winslow, who is in the first year of a $ 39 million three-year contract (the third year is a team option), has been absent most of the season, first with a concussion and lastly with a back injury. The striker has played only once since December 6, but has averaged 12.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists last season.