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New suitors for Andre Iguodala

Almost time to get Iggy with it

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I have already gotten one of my Christmas gifts this year, mainly because I was there when it was purchased. For a few years now, I have wanted the board game Settlers of Catan. If you have not played, it is game of trading resources to be the first person to settle the land of Catan.

There are 5 resources available in the game and the acquiring of these resources relies upon a roll of the dice. If the dice do not fall your way, there is a chance you begin to hurt for a certain resource while someone else could have an abundance. When you are the person that has what your opponent needs or wants, you do not just give it away to them — you negotiate and barter. It is even more advantageous when they are in need and you have no need it for it. It puts you in the driver seat.

The Memphis Grizzlies have sent a message to the NBA. They are not the same Grizzlies management that has been underwhelming for years despite winning more often than not. Zach Kleiman and the Memphis brass are putting the other 29 teams on notice, saying, “We owe you nothing. We owe no one anything. If you want Andre Iguodala, send us an offer or keep wanting.”

The front office has repeatedly made it abundantly clear that they will not be buying out Andre Iguodala. Why should they? So that another team benefit while Memphis gains nothing? No thanks.

Just like the resources in Catan, the Grizzlies have a resource that other teams covet. They are going to have to pony up and pay the price because the Grizzlies have no problem sitting on this contract and letting it expire at the end of the year.

It has been mentioned that Iguodala would be a fit for teams like the Los Angeles Lakers or Clippers, but now that the season is over a month underway, new legitimate contenders have arose, while other favorites are clamoring for help. On December 15, contracts signed by free agents prior to September 15 become tradeable, so the conversations will begin to heat up next week.

So let’s look at some potential new suitors for an Andre Iguodala trade partner:

1. Dallas Mavericks

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When Dallas made the trade for Kristaps Porzingis, the future for the Mavs became one of the brightest in the entire league — but no one expected the future to be now.

The Mavericks are currently 15-6 and 4th in the Western Conference and are showing no signs of slowing down behind the MVP play of Luka Doncic. However, the Mavs are a piece or two away from being a serious threat and the veteran presence of Andre Iguodala would be invaluable.

Possible Package:

Dallas sends: Courtney Lee, Justin Jackson and Golden State 2020 2nd round pick

Memphis sends: Andre Igoudala

Courtney Lee is an expiring contract just as Iguodala is, but he is not contributing to the team in any way. His inclusion is strictly contract related. The real prize is the acquisition of Jackson and the Warriors 2020 second round pick.

Jackson is still on a rookie deal and meets a need for Memphis — a wing shooter. Justin is currently shooting 44% from behind the arc and possesses decent size — another young piece for a rebuilding team.

The pick, while not a first rounder, could be seen as a late first round pick with how bad the Warriors have been and will continue to be this season with all the injuries. The Mavs do not have any first round picks to deal that are of any value due to the KP trade with the Knicks.

2. Miami Heat

Butler returns, Herro sizzles as Heat rout Hawks, who lose Trae Young David Santiago/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

The Miami Heat are another surprise team with a record of 15-6. Jimmy Butler has found a home on South Beach and the marriage has been beautiful. The surprising play of Kendrick Nunn and blossoming Bam Adebayo rising from the shadows of Hassan Whiteside have been key, but can they rely upon those young guys to maintain that level of play all season?

Another veteran piece beside Butler and Goran Dragic would go a long way for the Heat’s chances at a run through the Eastern Conference.

Possible Package:

Miami sends: James Johnson and KZ Okpala

Memphis sends: Andre Iguodala

Miami has basically no draft picks to deal in the near future. Okpala was a first round pick in 2019. It would depend on their position to win a title closer to the trade deadline, but picking up Iguodala would be a win for Miami.

Memphis takes on the contract of James Johnson who has a player option for next season, but pick up a first round pick as payment.

While unlikely, this deal screams win now and opens the cap space for another star to come alongside Butler in 2020.

3. Portland Trailblazers

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The Portland window is closing but it is also the most open it has been. With the fall of the Warriors dynasty, the NBA is the most wide open it has ever been. Due to injuries, the Blazers have limped out of the starting gate and will have to work hard to recover.

They signed Carmelo Anthony, which looks to be genius, but everyone knows he is not about to guard Lebron in the playoffs. So who can on this roster? Not much of anyone. The Blazers also do not roster anyone that has been “there.” They need that guy.

Enter Andre Iguodala. Imagine this roster heading into the playoffs. Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Carmelo Anthony, Jusuf Nurkic, Hassan Whiteside, Rodney Hood, Zach Collins and Iggy. That is not including Anthony Tolliver or Mario Hezonja or Anfernee Simons as possible bench spark plugs. The Blazers have the potential to be the deepest team in the West when healthy.

Possible Package:

Portland sends: Kent Bazemore and Nassir Little

Memphis sends: Andre Iguodala

Nassir Little is the price you pay when you are in win now mode. He is not a franchise cornerstone piece the Blazers must hold onto for a rebuild post Dame and CJ. While a talented rookie, he is expendable. Bazemore’s contract is expiring, which allows flexibility for the Grizzlies to continue making moves in the future.

This deal is a win for both sides.

December 15 is the day to look out for. Once contracts become moveable, teams will become more serious in their pursuit of Iguodala. They have most likely already discussed the deals involving those players but nothing can be done until that day.

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