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It was thought by many when the Memphis Grizzlies acquired Andre Iguodala from the Golden State Warriors that they would buy him out, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Tim MacMahon of ESPN reports when the July moratorium concludes, the Grizzlies won’t bust out the veteran forward immediately.
Instead, Memphis will explore potential trades for Iguodala, with the Houston Rockets and the Dallas Mavericks among those terms interest. MacMahon adds the Grizzlies will not buy out Iguodala before the 2019-20 tips off.
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.
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.
–– Sam Amico contributed to this report