The news that the Grizzlies are refusing to pursue buyout talks for former Warriors guard Andre Iguodala, first reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic, has not exactly riled up the contending teams for which Iguodala would like to play. Most expect to “wait out” the Grizzlies, according to NBA sources.
The Grizzlies would like to get a first-round pick for Iguodala, as unlikely as that may be. But teams seeking to sign him are expecting that a second-rounder will be enough to get Iguodala, though even that price might be too high.
The hope among contenders is that the Grizzlies will eventually be forced to buy him out, allowing his next team not to bear the burden of the final year of his contract.
“What the Grizzlies are doing, it is to be expected,” one league executive told Heavy.com. “They’re looking at him as an asset and they want to get something in return for him. He’s under contract, so they hold all the cards. The worst he can do is not show up and it is not like Memphis is going to be playing for a playoff spot. Him not showing up wouldn’t help anything. But if you’re on the outside, those teams, they’re just waiting it out.”
In the ideal scenario for Memphis, league sources said, Iguodala would come to camp for the Grizzlies, help to tutor the team’s young players—especially No. 2 pick Ja Morant and last year’s No. 4 pick, Jaren Jackson Jr.—and be sloughed off in a trade this winter.