Andre Iguodala will return to the Golden State Warriors for his 19th and final season, veteran said friday.
Iguodala, 38, who won his fourth championship with Golden State last season, revealed the news on his “Point Forward” podcast. He said he was “retired for most of the summer” before deciding to come back for another one.
“I’m warning you, Steph [Curry]“Iguodala joked,” this is the last one.
Iguodala, who was one of the NBA’s leading defensive starters in his prime, changed roles as he got older to become an energizing presence off the bench.
Although the veteran striker averaged just 19.5 minutes and four points per game last season off the bench, Iguodala was a mentor to young players and is “someone you want”, said Warriors general manager Bob Myers said Thursday.
“There’s so many things he does that aren’t on the court and there’s a lot he does on the court as well,” Myers said. “And it’s really hard to find that kind of stability and leadership in a team that he brings. Even for Steve [Kerr] and I can go talk to André, he just knows. He’s really smart. He knows our team. He’s a real professional. He understands the league. He has seen a lot.
The Warriors reportedly filled a spot for Iguodala this offseason and no other teams offered deals to Iguodala, Myers said. The 38-year-old veteran who joins the Warriors is also ranked 14th in Golden State.
“I blame Steph, Draymond [Green] and Clay [Thompson]. Steve [Kerr] kinda, Bob Myers, I think they just showed me a lot of love,” Iguodala said of his comeback.
“They helped me see my presence outside of physical basketball, but also, I think Steve was a big culprit of, ‘We really need you on the court.’
New York Post