Playing 31 games in the regular season, 7 in the playoffs and just 19 minutes on the court during the finals, Andre Iguodala has been very low key this season with the Warriors.
Plagued by a neck injury in the spring, he worked more in the shadows, as a youth mentor or with Andrew Wiggins. His influence on the field is waning, and unlike the golden years between 2015 and 2018 when he was needed, Golden State now knows how to win without him.
So at 38 years old, when he is already fully launched in the business world, will he want to return next season?
“I don’t know if Andre ended his career or not”Bob Myers, general manager, answers to Mercury News. “He has a lot of things to do outside of basketball, but he has enjoyed this season. Now he’s seen it all, so whatever decision he makes, I’m sure it will be well thought out. I do not know the answer to this question. He will probably send a cryptic tweet. »
After 18 seasons in the NBA, Andre Iguodala could well become the Warriors’ Udonis Haslem over the years. That is, an ex who barely plays anymore but remains on the bench and in the group to give advice and pass on the Warriors culture to the youth and recruits.
Either way, the franchise is holding its hands open if the 2015 Finals MVP wants to leave for another year and aim for the fifth ring.
“It’s never easy to retire, quit the sport you love, leave the people you love.” explains Steve Kerr. “This is a really big decision for him. »
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