After losing many elements of the crowned champion roster a few weeks ago, the Warriors still have a few spots to offer before the start of the season. A free agent would be particularly in the sights of Steph Curry & Co.!
History not to land in Japan in the total unknown, their training camp will have to start with a bang, as they finished last season. Figureheads of the NBA’s Asian pre-season tour, the Warriors will play their first game on September 30 against the Wizards. Steve Kerr will then have the opportunity to test several players for the following weeks and months.
Following the departure of Otto Porter Jr., Nemanja Bjelica, Gary Payton II or Juan Toscano-Anderson, the coach and his assistants will have to incorporate new pieces into their rotation. The latter is indeed likely to experience major upheavals compared to last season, and could still involve future recruits. The franchise is also busy finding the one that could best suit the Dubs system.
The essential player in the eyes of Curry and Kerr
After having already recorded the arrivals of Donte DiVincenzo, JaMychal Green and Jerome Robinson, Golden State still hopes to expand its roster with a final major reinforcement. Stephen Curry and Steve Kerr might even already know his identity. In the columns of The AthleticAnthony Slater affirms that the star leader and his trainer have a very specific free agent in their sights: Andre Iguodala!
Kerr and Curry, the two men who know the inner workings of Warriors success better than anyone, are firm believers that having Iguodala on the roster — even if he doesn’t play a single minute all season — will bring more of value than having anyone else they can find on the market, and to whom they can offer the minimum.
A more or less dominant player in the four recent victorious runs for the Warriors, Iguodala presents significant experience for a title contender team. This was able to play a role in particular last June, during the victory in the Finals against the Celtics. Still, the 38-year-old winger had played less than 20 minutes in that entire streak.
Despite this starving playing time, Iggy had to take on the role of big brother and soul of the oh so precious locker room. This can therefore explain the firm desire of Curry and Kerr to see him re-enlist for a new season in the Bay. Will he take their outstretched hand, or will he prefer to retire with a final bang? Answer in the next few weeks!
Looking for the final touches that could make them the favorites for their succession, the Warriors are fervently hoping that Andre Iguodala will postpone his retirement a little longer to join them. The ball is now in the veteran’s court!