Steve Kerr says Rockets’ pursuit of Andre Iguodala never seemed serious
Andre Iguodala has been an integral part of the Golden State Warriors even since the multi-faceted swingman arrived in the Bay Area via a trade in 2013. Iguodala could have left the Warriors last year as a free agent, but ultimately decided to stick to the team that he won two NBA titles with despite offers and overtures from other ball clubs like the Houston Rockets.
For Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, he was not too concerned that they would lose Iguodala to the Rockets, as he was confident that Golden State could make the necessary financial adjustments to accommodate the 2015 NBA Finals MVP’s asking salary and also because he did not think Houston was entirely serious about bringing Iggy to Clutch City, per Tim McMahon of ESPN.
Steve Kerr on the Rockets’ offseason pursuit of Andre Iguodala: “It never seemed like a serious deal because we knew the restrictions on what Houston could offer, and we were offering twice as much. That usually does the trick.”
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) May 14, 2018
Iguodala was reportedly close to saying goodbye to the Warriors last year to join Houston but changed his mind when Golden State relented to his desired price. In the end, the Warriors signed the former Arizona Wildcat to a three-year contract worth $48 million, per Spotrac. The Warriors meet the Rockets in this year’s Western Conference finals.
In the first year of his shiny new contract, Iguodala averaged 6.0 points. 3.3 assists, and 3.8 rebounds per game in 64 outings in the regular season. While he’s not contributing that many points to his team, Iguodala brings plenty of value on defense, as evidenced by the Warriors giving up 6.3 fewer points per 48 minutes to opponents when Iggy was on the floor back in the regular season.
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