Lakers Rumors: Grizzlies Send Andre Iguodala To Heat At 2019-20 NBA Trade Deadline
Andre Iguodala, Lakers
Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

One name that has been attached to the Los Angeles Lakers since the 2019 NBA offseason is Andre Iguodala.

When Iguodala was traded by the Golden State Warriors to the Memphis Grizzlies, it was assumed the latter would buy out the former NBA Finals MVP and he was immediately linked to the Lakers.

However, the Grizzlies had other plans. They recognized there was a market for Iguodala and insisted they deal him and receive assets back as opposed to letting him go for nothing. Their mindset apparently has not wavered since but as the 2019-20 NBA trade deadline approached, there were still some questions as to whether or not they would strike a deal.

Ultimately, the Grizzlies were able to find a deal that they liked, agreeing to trade Iguodala to the Miami Heat, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

The Grizzlies were right in their assessment of Iguodala’s value. Even though he is in the final stretch of his career, he showed during the 2019 NBA playoffs that he can still bring a lot to a team with championship aspirations. The Lakers wanting to bring him in makes perfect sense, but they always needed him to be bought out, which wasn’t going to be the case.

Now joining the Heat, Iguodala will be a difference-maker. He is still a great on-ball defender who can guard multiple positions while also providing value as a secondary playmaker and passer. Combined with his championship experience after appearing in five consecutive NBA Finals and it is obvious why he was so coveted.

There are still other options for the Lakers to improve their team, but the slim hopes of landing Iguodala can finally be put to rest.

You May Also Like

NBA G League Considering Using Kobe Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy As ‘Home Base’ For Select Team

In 2018, the NBA G League announced they would be offering ‘select contracts’ to elite high school prospects as an…

Lakers Rumors: Carlos Boozer Signing With Miami Heat In Free Agency?

After the Los Angeles Lakers could not land a superstar in last…

NBA Coaching Rumors: Lakers, Tyronn Lue ‘Have Reached An Impasse’ During Contract Negotiations

After the Los Angeles Lakers interviewed four candidates, the head coaching job came down to former Cleveland Cavaliers…

Lakers Nation News And Rumors Recap: Is Paul George Destined To Join L.A.?

With the Indiana Pacers getting swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Paul George may have played his last game in a Pacer uniform…