Clippers, Lakers early favorites for Grizzlies wing Iguodala

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

The Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers are the early favorites to land veteran swingman Andre Iguodala should Iguodala’s contract be bought out by the Memphis Grizzlies, NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski said on an ESPN special.

Iguodala was acquired by the Grizzlies in a trade with the Golden State Warriors over the summer. Iguodala has been sitting out as the Grizzlies seek a trade. If they can’t find one, a buyout is reportedly an option.

But according to Wojnarowski, neither side is in a hurry — as Iguodala may wait to see how the season unfolds before trying to land with a new team.

“Iguodala’s fine with seeing what the landscape looks like and then jumping in on the season a little later,” Wojnarowski said. “Because you’re signing Andre Iguodala – or trading for him – for the postseason.”

One consideration in all this is players who signed free agent deals this past offseason aren’t eligible to be traded until Dec. 15. Once those players become trade-eligible, moving a veteran such as Iguodala becomes easier.

Iguodala is 6-foot-6 and won three championships with the Warriors during his stint there from 2013-19. He was named Finals MVP in 2015.

He did, however, average a career-low 5.7 points and 3.7 rebounds in 68 games last season. His is the most expensive contract on the Grizzlies’ roster at $17.1 million.

Iguodala told Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area that he and the Grizzlies are on the same page when it comes to the present and future.

The Grizzlies are starting their rebuild are beginning a new era with high hopes in rookie point guard Ja Morant and second-year forward Jaren Jackson Jr.