Per Yahoo Sports’ The Vertical, the Chicago Bulls are expected to be one of many teams attempting to lure former NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala away from the Golden State Warriors when free agency kicks off in a few weeks:
Iguodala plans to seriously consider other teams in July, league sources told The Vertical. Prospective teams would need to show in meetings a vision to move toward contention to pry Iguodala from Golden State, league sources said. In four seasons with the Warriors, Iguodala has served as a playmaker and primary wing defender and established himself as a high-character leader.
Many teams are expected to pursue discussions with Iguodala, including the Warriors, Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves and Atlanta Hawks, league sources said. Among teams around the league, there’s a belief that the value this summer for a two-way wing such as Iguodala could reach $20 million annually. —Shams Charania, The Vertical
This report comes in direct contrast to another report by Bay Area News Group a couple of days ago that stated Iguodala is extremely close to finalizing a multi-year extension to stay in Golden State:
Obviously, Iguodala remains an immensely valuable player for the Warriors, especially when their main rivals feature LeBron James — go to Game 5 of the Finals for a reminder — and it’s possible Iguodala could get a larger offer from another team.
But he loves playing for the Warriors, loves the Silicon Valley connection, loves winning titles (which help out his potential Hall of Fame case), understands that he is extending his career by playing with so many stars, and if the Warriors step up with the number of years, this seems like a relative slam-dunk.
Back in 2013, Iguodala signed for four years, $48M — in a time of a much smaller cap number, but also when he was 28, not 32, and if you adjust for all the factors, getting just a little less of an annual salary in exchange for multi-year stability seems about where this is going to land for Iguodala.
Iguodala has already indicated that his negotiation is almost already done and that he will re-sign with the Warriors, though I’m sure there are still deal points to be finalized.
Months ago a source indicated to me that the only real issue to be worked out was the number of guaranteed years. —Tim Kawakami, Bay Area News Group
If Iguodala’s plan is actually to bolt from San Francisco in pursuit of a higher pay-day than what he’d need to take to stay with the Warriors, he could be a very good fit for what the Bulls need from their wing players. Iggy—a native of Illinois’ capital—shot above league-average from distance last season at 36.2% on over three attempts per game off the bench and is still regarded as one of the very best wing defenders in basketball.
Of course, though he’s had a considerably reduced workload over the last few years as Golden State’s sixth man, Iguodala is also set to turn 34 years old next January. If the pricetag of roughly $20 million per season is to be believed, that might be outside the realm of what the Bulls are willing to pay over multiple seasons for an aging wing. Then again, the front office gave Dwyane Wade even more money than that a year ago, so who knows what could happen.
How would you feel about Andre Iguodala in a Bulls jersey for 2017-18 and potentially beyond?