East teams said to be picking up steam in Iguodala talks

Veteran swingman Andre Iguodala was traded from the Warriors to the Grizzlies at the start of free agency.

Several Eastern Conference teams are gaining traction on a potential trade for Memphis Grizzlies swingman Andre Iguodala, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

A few in the Western Conference may have a shot too. Those said to be interested in the West include the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets.

“I think Dallas is an option,” Windhorst added. “I know they denied it. I’m hearing different.”

The Grizzlies are determined to trade Iguodala, as opposed to buy out his contract. He has been sitting out the season and working out in LA as he waits for the Grizzlies to make a move.

The Grizzlies acquired Iguodala in an offseason trade with the Golden State Warriors. Iguodala and the Grizzlies came to agreement they will look for a new place for him to play. He would like to go to a contender.

“Andre Iguodala has been staying in shape, watching the landscape,” ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski said recently. “Memphis is staying resolute that they will be able to trade him before the Feb. 6 trade deadline. So if you want him — the Lakers, the Clippers — you will have to trade for him.”

Both the LA teams are hoping the Grizzlies will buy out Iguodala’s contract, Wojnarowski added.

“It will be interesting, but Memphis is confident (that they will get back something for Iguodala),” he said.

Iguodala, 35, has not appeared in a game for the Grizzlies. While limited offensively, he is still viewed as a strong defender who can guard multiple positions.

The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 6, less than a month away.