With 31 regular season matches, 7 in the playoffs and only 19 minutes spent on the court during the Finals, Andre Iguodala has been very low key this season with the Warriors.
Plagued by a neck injury in the spring, he worked more in the shadows, in a role of mentor for young people or with Andrew Wiggins. His impact on the pitch is diminishing and, unlike the golden years between 2015 and 2018, when he was essential, Golden State now knows how to win without him.
So that at the age of 38, and when he is already fully launched in the business world, will he want to come back next season?
“I don’t know if Andre has finished his career or not”answers Bob Myers, the GM, to the Mercury News. “He has a lot of things to do outside of basketball, but he has enjoyed this season. He’s seen it all now, so whatever decision he makes, I’m sure it will have been well thought out. I don’t know the answer to this question. He’ll probably send a cryptic tweet. »
After 18 seasons in the NBA, Andre Iguodala could very well become, over the years, the Udonis Haslem of the Warriors. That is to say a former who hardly plays anymore but remains on the bench and in the group to provide advice and transmit the culture of the Warriors to young people and recruits.
In any case, the franchise keeps its arms open if the MVP of the 2015 Finals wishes to leave for another year and aim for a fifth ring.
“It’s never easy to retire, to leave a sport you love, to leave behind people you love,” explains Steve Kerr. “It’s really an important decision for him. »