Since being traded to Memphis this past summer, Andre Iguodala has been heavily linked to LeBron James and the Purple and Gold.
Pending a buyout or trade, Iguodala’s arrival in Laker land makes the most sense for both the team and the 35-year-old basketball veteran himself.
Unfortunately, there are a number of challenges standing in the way, including almost every other team in the West. According to Sean Deveney of Heavy.com, executives in the West are hoping to pry the former Golden State Warriors star away from the hands of the Lakers and use Iguodala as a potential playoff stopper against LeBron James.
“He’s got more value in the West,” said the GM. “I can’t see a team in the East moving for him. He has the experience guarding LeBron and that’s what you want out of him. That and you want to keep him off the Lakers, you want their bench to be a weak spot. He doesn’t have those same kinds of good matchups in the East. You don’t want to put him on Giannis (Antetokounmpo) in a seven-game series, for sure.”
After winning Finals MVP for his performance against the King, Iggy has been recognized by the community as a defensive juggernaut and, more specifically, the “LeBron stopper.”
It’s hard to determine how he’ll produce on the court at 35-years-old, especially against James and the soaring Lakers, but he’ll no doubt prove useful in helping teams get the edge over L.A. for the experience alone.
Either way, it’s clear that that the Lakers have become a team to fear in the West, and that opposing GMs are going to do whatever they can in order to slow them down.