Andre Iguodala has been a key piece of the Golden State Warriors’ dynasty, but will he receive another contract with the team once his current deal expires?
The Golden State Warriors’ group of four All-Stars have stolen all the headlines during their championship run, but you could argue that their team goes up or down along with the performance of Andre Iguodala.
A prime example of this phenomenon was last year’s Western Conference Finals.
The Warriors jumped out to a 2-1 lead over the Rockets, including a win in Houston and a 41-point victory in Game 3. However, Iguodala hurt his knee in Game 3 and was forced to sit out for the rest of the series.
Golden State lost the first two games without Iggy, and they were forced to come from behind in Games 6 and 7 even though Chris Paul was out with an injury of his own in each of those matchups.
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The Warriors also nearly lost Game 1 of the NBA Finals at home with Iguodala in dress clothes until J.R. Smith’s infamous boneheaded play gave Golden State another chance in overtime.
Even at 34 years old, it is clear that Golden State needs Andre in the rotation to reach their full potential, especially with their recent lack of depth at the wing position.
The Warriors were forced to give Iggy a substantial three-year contract worth $48 million when he threatened to leave as an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2017.
Fortunately, he’s still playing at a high level in his mid-30’s, but Father Time will certainly catch up to him at some point.
Steve Kerr has done a good job of resting him during the regular season over the past couple years, and they could probably sit him for even more games next season.
I’d expect Iggy to continue being a vital rotational player through the final two years of his contract, but I don’t know if he’ll stay in Golden State after his current deal expires in 2020 as that would be a perfect time to retire.
We’ll see what the future holds for Andre Iguodala, but for now he is still worth $16 million per year.
Here’s our analysis of the other Warriors contract situations: