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NBA Trade Rumors: Spurs Could Join The Chase For Andre Iguodala

(via Sportsnaut)

(via Sportsnaut)

After being chopped from the Warriors for D'Angelo Russell, Andre Iguodala has become one of the league's most coveted players as August nears its end.

In Memphis, the Grizzlies have no burning desire to keep him, but they will not give him up for nothing. They are looking for pieces in return, and have made it known to potential suitors that there is a price to pay.

The Lakers, Clippers, and Nets have all shown some degree of interest in the veteran star. But are the Spurs the latest team to join the hunt?

As suggested by Preston Ellis of Bleacher Report, San Antonio could swap DeMarre Carroll and Trey Liles for the 2015 Finals MVP.

The Grizzlies would get two competent wings under cost-controlled contracts in this transaction. It doesn't include draft compensation, but the deal provides veteran leadership from DeMarre Carroll and a two-year look at Trey Lyles, who has shown glimpses of his scoring ability. 

Iguodala could help the Spurs get to the playoffs again before head coach Gregg Popovich's inevitable retirement. Iguodala was ninth in real plus-minus in 2018-19 among small forwards and carried a regular-season net rating of 4.6. His expiring contract carries with it Bird Rights in case the Spurs seek to re-sign the former All-Star and two-time NBA All-Defensive Team member.

It's a win-win for both sides. The Spurs get closer to playoff contention, and the Grizzlies get some solid pieces to continue their rebuild.

At 35-years-old, Iguodala is certainly not what he used to be. But his veteran Championship experience and defensive expertise make him a valuable asset for any team. Last season with the Warriors he averaged 5.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.9 steals per game. He will be entering his 16th NBA season.