2015 NBA Finals MVP Andre iguodala has agreed to return to the Golden State Warriors as he plans to sign a one-year deal with the team. Iguodala, who signed with the Warriors for the first time in 2013, left the team in 2019.
Two years after leaving the Warriors, Iguodala has decided to return to the team with which he won three NBA titles. Iguodala became a free agent after the Miami Heat declined the $15 million team option. Last season, Iguodala averaged a career-low 4.4 points and 2.3 rebounds.
Iguodala contemplated a retirement after last season but he decided to continue his career. "Who would have thought I'd have the opportunity to go back to the place where I was able to have, whatever you want to call it, legacy years, in terms of the accomplishments, winning multiple championships, the relationships that I was able to build with some of my closest friends and teammates?" Iguodala told the New York Times on Friday, as quoted on ESPN.
Iguodala feels he could play a few more seasons
"Where I'm comfortable at is I can decide when I'm ready to go," Iguodala told the Times. "I think I want to leave with just a little bit left. I don't want to go out on one leg.
I know I've got a few more years. It's just my decision whether it's one or two or three or whatever it may be. I shouldn't even say three. One or two." This week, the Warriors and star guard Stephen Curry agreed to a massive four-year, $215 million dollar extension.
A few months ago, Warriors general manager Bob Myers revealed the team's goal was to agree to an extension with Curry. "I don't see any reason not to be optimistic," Warriors general manager Myers said during an end-of-the-season video conference in May.
"He seems like he's motivated; we're motivated. I would say pretty confident we'll get something done." Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was also optimistic Curry and the team would agree to an extension.
"Obviously, we want Steph back in the worst way," Warriors coach Kerr said. "There's no reason to think why that won't happen. We're excited about that. We're excited about next season. You know, coming back with Draymond [Green] and Steph playing at such a high level to finish the season and to get Klay [Thompson] back and to have the opportunity to fortify our roster, to see these young guys emerge, it's all very exciting."