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We're talking about Andre would Ulla and the whole drama that has been unveiled with him and the Memphis Grizzlies.
And what's gonna happen as these events unfold, Willy would all actually hit the bio mark and become a free agent and possibly make his way to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Well, doesn't appear that way.
We're going to get into what's going on right now in just a moment.
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OK, so Chris Harrington of the Daily Meme fee in reported that the Grizzlies and Andre Iguodala have reached an agreement and this is what it is.
Andre Iguodala does not have to report.
He is not going to show up to Media Day from Memphis Grizzlies.
He's probably never going to put on a Memphis Grizzlies jersey.
Doesn't have to show up for the team.
Instead, he can stay away.
They decided that his situation will be a distraction, since it's clear that they are trading him or attempting to trade him, and that he isn't actually gonna be playing for the for the team this season.
Which makes a ton of sense.
Just a recap here.
Remember the Memphis Grizzlies? They acquired Andre Iguodala via trade with the Golden State Warriors, and in exchange for absorbing the $17 million on the inguinal Stella salary, the Grizzlies got paid.
They got a future first from the Gold State Warriors.
In fact, a pick that I think could be very, very good to the point where in a few years we could be looking at this pick going.
Wait, what? How did the Grizzlies, who are now on the upswing, suddenly get this incredible draft pick? Here's what they got.
They got a 2024 1st round pick that's one through four protected.
If it does fall one through four, then it's a 2025 on Lee Top one protected pick.
And if the that somehow protection comes through in the Grizzlies, are the warrior's.
Still keep that pick.
The Grizzlies get it unprotected, 2026 by 2024 We have no clue what the Golden State Warriors are going to look like.
They mean they'll probably be aged out.
A lot of these guys will be on the older end.
Guys like Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, the other pieces that they've got in place.
So who knows what the Golden State Warriors will look like? Sure, it's possible they find a way to reload, and the pig doesn't amount to much.
But for right now, we can say that this could be a good asset for the Memphis Grizzlies.
Moving forward, kind of taking the same gamble that the New Orleans Pelicans are with Lakers draft picks that they've got in the future, hoping that the Lakers will be on the downswing, so they already got something that could turn into something really good in exchange for absorbing that $17 million of Andre Iguodala.
They weren't doing the trade to get Eve Adala.
They never thought that, Hey, it would always going to come and be a mentor for their young players or anything like that.
And under Iguodala is entering the final year of his deal and could be entering the final year of his career.
I mean, look, we don't know, but he is getting up there in years and it's a look.
He may wind up not playing anymore in the n b A.
After this season, that's that's a real possibility.
Retirement could be the way that you would all it goes.
So that being the case, most teams in this situation tend to buy out the player.
They got, what they wanted.
They got the pig.
You buy out the player, you do right by him.
You let him go and play where he wants to play.
He's a veteran bid in the league for years and years and years.
Let him decide how he wants to go out, let him go out on his own terms.
That's usually the path that we see teams taking with players in this situation.
But on this case, the Memphis Grizzlies have surmised that other teams around the league really want Andre Iguodala.
And so they want to hold onto him until they can trade him.
They want someone else to give up some sort of asset for them.
And that's what they've told Iguodala is that you were gonna pay you.
You're going to stay at home.
You can go hit the golf course every day.
Whatever you want to.
D'oh! You can work out at other facilities somewhere else.
You don't have to come work out at our facility and we're gonna find a trade.
We're gonna find a way to trade you.
They're keeping their fingers crossed, hoping that as the season goes on, somebody's gonna blink and maybe they're not wrong.
Look, you look at the parody that's in the N B A.
Right now, you look how many teams right now consider themselves legit title contenders.
Realistically, if you're a playoff team, you can kind of talk yourself into being a title contender right now, because there is no big bed Golden State Warriors team out there that has tons of superstars.
I still think they're actually a pretty good squad, but they lost Kevin Durant.
Clay Thompson is gonna be gone for 75% of the season, so the Warriors aren't that big bad out there anymore.
That's scaring other teams away from building.
So now you've got a situation where the league's looking very wide open and the Grizzlies are gambling that at some point some team is going to talk themselves into trading for Andre Iguodala, believing that he's the peace they need to really make a push and given how important wing players are in the N B A right now, and how important is that you can defend them, I guess I can see where they're coming from.
But again, the risk that they're taking here is that you're going to upset some people now by allowing Iguodala to stay home and not force him to report, they are mitigating that somewhat, so that's a good move on their part.
But still, you're taking a veteran player and you're preventing him from actually playing because you're holding on to hope that somebody is gonna blink and give you something for him, whether it's a first round pick, second round pick, whatever kind of asset you can get.
Complicating matters, though, is the fact that he would also make $17 million if you're gonna try to trade for him and you are a contending team, which, let's face it, the only teams that are going to try to trade for Iguodala are contenders.
Well, the problem with that is what team has $17 million in extra salary laying around in players that they don't necessarily want or need, that they're willing to fork over in addition to a asset like a draft pick in exchange to get forgetting Andre Iguodala? Not many.
Okay, and beyond that, most of the league are, well, not most, but 40% of the league hit free agency this last summer.
That means there's a ton of contracts out there that are ineligible to be treated right now.
Can't be trade until December 15th.
So, as a result, it's really, really difficult to see a team putting together a trade for under Iguodala right now.
It'll be really tough even once the season starts, probably not until December 15th.
Can they really make a move for him? If a team suddenly is inclined to trade for him? Most teams right now I'm taking the stance of Well, we're just gonna wait.
Eventually the Grizzlies, you're gonna buy him out.
So we're gonna wait.
The Grizzlies are hoping that between most likely December 15th and the trade deadline in February, someone talks themselves into giving something up for Iguodala.
If not, if the trade deadline passes and Iguodala has not been traded, then the Grizzlies are pretty much gonna have to buy him out.
And so the question is, Well, I guess they don't have to, but it would look really bad on them if they don't at that point.
So the question is, will any teams blink if there's an injury? Maybe maybe somebody experiences a big injury on the wing and they decide that under Iguodala Can can feel that, like what if? What if, say, the Portland Trail Blazers lose Kent based more? What if get days more gets injured? Could the Blazers potentially talk themselves into giving up something to bring in Iguodala and help them stay afloat in the Western Conference? Maybe a team like that, right? There's options out there if something happens, or if a team suddenly shoots up the charts and finds themselves in contenders of spot that they weren't expecting to be in.
Who knows? Maybe they get it done.
But again, the Grizzlies were taking the risk right now of developing a bad reputation among players.
And let's face it, the league right now is all about the players.
Players have been getting what they want.
They've been getting to the destinations that they want.
Teams have been doing what they can to make players happy.
It's becoming a player's league, not saying that's a bad thing or a good thing right, But it's becoming a player's league.
So if players who are looking at signing with the Memphis Grizzlies in the future remember the way this played out to remember that at least initially the Grizzlies didn't do right by Andre Iguodala, it could come back to bite them.
But again, you can understand their point of view and why they would want to try to get every ice that they can out of Andre Iguodala, just like you could see from the other side.
Opposing teams are looking at the same Memphis. You're crazy.
You already got something for him.
You got a first round pick.
You got a first rounder for absorbing his salary.
Now you wantto wanna charge another team an asset in exchange for them taking on his salary.
But it's a crazy world.
It's the way it goes sometimes.
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Would you give up anything if you're the Lakers in order to get Andre Iguodala come December 15th Are there any contracts that you had package together? In order to get Andre Iguodala, would you be ableto be willing to attach a second? Would you be willing to attach? Ah, first I'm of the opinion that you just wait him out.
You just wait out.
Memphis, you say sorry, Memphis, You already got what you wanted.
We're gonna wait until after the trade deadline and hope that you buy him out.
That's the approach I would take.
But let me know what you think.
Maybe you would be more aggressive and you'd be willing to give up some stuff in order to get a wing defender like Andre Iguodala.
We certainly know the Lakers could use him.
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