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Golden State Warriors free agent swingman Andre Iguodala is drawing interest from at least seven teams, with free agency set to begin Saturday, according to a report from ESPN.
Iguodala has been a vital reserve in the Warriors’ three straight trips to the Finals, including two championships.
The Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs, LA Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic, Brooklyn Nets and Utah Jazz are among the teams interested in the 2015 NBA Finals MVP, sources tell ESPN.
A significant number of personnel within NBA circles have come to the conclusion that rather than building a superteam, it’s much more economically feasible and expeditious to just pluck away talent from the Bay Area juggernauts.
It is believed the Warriors stand a good chance to lose Iguodala and key reserve swingman Shaun Livingston, another free agent, since stars Kevin Durant and Steph Curry will need to be re-signed. Curry’s deal is expected to be significantly longer and larger than the previous, which made landing free agents fairly easy.
The Vertical reported earlier this month that Iguodala plans to listen to pitches from opposing teams.
Per the report:
Iguodala plans to seriously consider other teams in July, league sources told The Vertical. Prospective teams would need to show in meetings a vision to move toward contention to pry Iguodala from Golden State, league sources said. In four seasons with the Warriors, Iguodala has served as a playmaker and primary wing defender and established himself as a high-character leader.
As many have noted, losing Iguodala would be a decent blow to the defending champs, especially given the fact that many think Livingston is already about to receive a major payday and is on his way out.
“I think (Livingston) will be this year’s Timofey Mozgov — the first guy to sign with a new team the very minute he can,” one GM told AmicoHoops. “He’s gaining that much ground.”