The Sacramento Kings will meet with free agent forwards Andre Iguodala of the Golden State Warriors and Patrick Patterson of the Toronto Raptors on Saturday, according to a report from USA Today.
While Iguodala is a coveted free agent in this year’s class and has been one of the glue guys in the Golden State Warriors’ infamous “Death Lineup,” he was a star player in his prime. During his time with the Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets, he was a headliner. However, he a backseat and a bench role with the Warriors in order to win a championship and after winning two NBA Finals in the past three seasons (and a Finals MVP), Iguodala has accomplished what he’s set out to accomplish.
Now he’ll be looking for a bigger role and a bigger payday. The Kings can give Iguodala both of those things.
To start, when looking at salary, the Kings can have a maximum of $35 million in cap room if they renounce their rights to Ben McLemore, Darren Collison, Langston Galloway and Tyreke Evans.
Iguodala made $11.1 million last year after signing a four-year, $48 million deal with the Warriors in 2013. In looking at his role, rookie Justin Jackson would be a candidate to start at small forward for the Kings. However, that may not be ideal for the Kings because of the latter’s inexperience. In addition, the Kings will also need to give consideration to what their lineups will look like when they go small. Skal Labissiere may be the starting power forward but he’ll need to play a lot of center as Jackson plays the part of a stretch four.
If signed, Iguodala will be expected to bring his on-ball pressure and playmaking ability to Kings in a point-forward role. Because shooting will be important next to De’Aaron Fox, it’s important to note that Iguodala made 36.2 percent of his threes last season and has made 35.4 percent of his three-point attempts since joining the Warriors. He made 36.6 percent of his catch-and-shoot threes.
Patterson’s role has always been much more simple; he’s not a big man the Kings will rely on for anything but floor spacing in the frontcourt. He made 37.2 percent of is three-point attempts last season and has made 36.8 percent of his three-point attempts for his career. Patterson made $6 million last season after signing a three-year, $18 million contract with the Toronto Raptors in 2014.
Iguodala has also met with the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs, according to reports.