The Golden State Warriors still have an open roster spot but the secret is out — Bob Myers is hoping this free agent will be the one to fill it.
In a recent appearance on the “TK Show” with Tim Kawakami, Myers had this to say about Iguodala’s status with the team:
"“I hope he plays for us, I know you’ve heard Steve [Kerr] comment on that. I really think he’s important to our season.”Bob Myers on Andre Iguodala via The Athletic"
This matches up with a report from earlier in the summer which said the Dubs are saving their final roster spot for Iguodala, in the event he chooses to return.
Why wouldn’t Iggy return? Well, retirement has apparently been on his mind. After all, he’s 38 years old and has accomplished just about everything you can imagine at the NBA level. Four championships and a Finals MVP would leave anyone feeling satisfied.
And yet, there’s nothing quite like battling for another trophy.
Andre Iguodala has plenty of incentive to return to the Golden State Warriors but does the franchise truly need him for another dance?
This might not even be a question for Iggy if he wasn’t a member of the reigning champs. While leaving at the top is nice — it also requires a ton of strength.
For Iguodala, a shot at winning another title, while collecting another NBA-sized check as a bench piece who’s only really there to serve as a veteran leader and occasional contributor — sounds pretty nice.
On the flip side, there isn’t as much incentive for the Dubs to bring Iggy back. He hardly played last season and likely won’t increase his production at this stage in his career.
As we saw last season, the fringe roster spots can pay dividends. Gary Payton, Otto Porter, Damion Lee, Juan Toscano-Anderson and Nemanja Bjelica all helped the Warriors last season one way or another.
With so much of that depth gone or replaced with unproven players, Iguodala is a familiar and safe option to choose — but it doesn’t come with much potential.