The Andre Iguodala Era has ended for the Memphis Grizzlies.
It never really began, of course. But after public displays and social media showdowns, the drama has concluded. Andre Iguodala has been traded to the Miami Heat, per an Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN report. Iguodala has played in zero games for the Grizzlies this season, and has gotten in to very public one-sided spats with the young Grizzlies in recent days (the young Grizzlies being the ones engaged in the chatter). Iggy is a former NBA Finals MVP and a three-time champion with the Golden State Warriors - that level of experience clearly holds value to Miami, who has extended Iguodala with a 2-year, $30 million contract (the second season is a team option). It just wasn’t going to happen in Memphis.
Memphis has agreed to a deal to send Andre Iguodala to Miami, league source tells ESPN. Iguodala agreed to trade and has agreed to a two-year, $30M extension with Miami.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 6, 2020
Meanwhile, Justise Winslow is a young (24 in March) wing that can defend multiple positions, slash at the rim, and facilitate offense as a point forward. He has a frame and athleticism that lends him to being an elite defender, and his creation off the dribble fits in well with the systems of Taylor Jenkins. His shooting leaves much to be desired this season (22% from three, yuck), and he has been hurt for much of 2019-2020 with his most current issue being his back. But his career shooting from three is a much better 33.7%, and this front office must not have long-term concerns about the health of Winslow.
This is a massive win for the Grizzlies front office. It’s likely they’re not done - Jae Crowder and Solomon Hill have been pulled from tonight’s game against the Dallas Mavericks - and further details of this deal are still trickling in. But Memphis has turned a player who wasn’t part of their future in to one that almost surely is...and on a larger scale, has turned the Mike Conley trade in to...
The #Grizzlies traded Mike Conley (plus Jevon Carter and a 2024 2nd) for:— Fastbreak Breakfast (@fastbreakbreak) February 6, 2020
UTA 2021 1st (prot. 1-7, 15-30)
GS 2024 1st (top 4 prot.)
PHX 2020 2nd
PHX 2021 2nd (prot. 36-60)
Winslow as a starter at the three alongside Jaren Jackson Jr. and Ja Morant for years to come should have all of Memphis excited about the future...and just what the front office is going to do next.