Golden State Warriors fans may be frustrated by the lack of team activity during the free agency as they opted to reload their tournament roster with larger roles for younger players. However, the influence of last year’s veterans towards winning the title cannot be underestimated. With veteran leadership key to any winning team, it makes sense for Golden State to hold an open spot on the roster for longtime Warrior winger Andre Iguodala according to an article by The Athletic’s Anthony Slater.

The article states that Iguodala is still considering his decision to play in what will be his 19The tenth A year in the league next season. Because of his history with the team, the Warriors give him all the time he needs to make the decision on his own terms.

Via The Athletic:

“The Warriors have not imposed a firm deadline on the decision to retire or return Andre Iguodala. If he chooses to play another season, he will have a place on the roster waiting for him. It will be easier for the Warriors to piece their full roster plans together if they already know either way in Iguodala. , but this is not a decision (or a person) that the Warriors can push on a certain timetable.”

At 38, the warrior vet struggled to stay healthy as nagging injuries kept him out for the majority of the season. He showed glimpses of his elite defensive prowess in the minutes he played, but in the end his body couldn’t stand the rigors of the NBA schedule. In 31 regular season games, he averaged 4.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 3.7 assists in 19.5 minutes per game.

Although he struggled to find time to play on the field, Iguodala provided value to the team in his role as a mentor off the field. Throughout the season, Iguodala could often be seen coaching the team’s younger players. He even played a big part in helping assistant coach Mike Brown when Steve Kerr was disqualified from COVID-19 during Game Three of the playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Whether Iguodala returned or not, he was a staple of the current dynasty of Warriors. His leadership on and off the field has led the team to 4 championships during his tenure and will forever remain a favorite of the Dub Nation.

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