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The Memphis Grizzlies have acquired veteran wing Andre Iguodala in a trade with the Golden State Warriors, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The Grizzlies will also receive a top-four protected 2024 first-round draft pick from the Warriors. That pick will either be conveyed in 2025 or 2026, depending on where it lands.
For the Warriors, the move reportedly opens a salary slot to be able to complete a trade for All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell, previously of the Brooklyn Nets. The Warriors lost All-Star forward Kevin Durant earlier in the day, as he left in free agency for the Nets.
Iguodala, 35, was named Finals MVP in 2015 and has been viewed as the Warriors’ top defender and a leader in the locker room. He averaged 5.7 points and 3.7 rebounds in 68 games this past season, his sixth with the Warriors.
Along with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, Iguodala has been an important part of a veteran core that reached five straight Finals and won three championships.
The Grizzlies have made several moves within the past two weeks to totally reshape the roster under new coach Taylor Jenkins. Along with drafting Ja Morant with the No. 2 overall pick, they traded franchise mainstay Mike Conley Jr. to the Utah Jazz.
“Unclear how long Iguodala’s stay in Memphis will be, but $17.2 million would take up a big chunk of the $25 million(ish) trade exception,” Chris Herrington of the Daily Memphian wrote. “Grizz should still be able to retain Delon Wright and stay under tax, but this makes keeping Avery Bradley even more unlikely than it already was.”