Andre Iguodala Reportedly Draws Interest from Spurs, Clippers, Jazz, 76ers, More

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2017

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At least seven teams have circled 2015 NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala as a potential target ahead of free agency.    

On Tuesday, ESPN.com's Chris Haynes reported the Minnesota Timberwolves, Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Orlando Magic, Brooklyn Nets and Utah Jazz are all interested in Iguodala with free agency slated to begin Saturday. 

Haynes added that it's unclear if the 2017 Sixth Man of the Year finalist will be meeting with any of those potential suitors. 

However, The Vertical's Shams Charania reported June 19 that Iguodala "plans to seriously consider other teams in July" as rival clubs attempt to weaken the Golden State Warriors' superteam.    

The Warriors, of course, will offer Iguodala the best chance of bolstering his jewelry collection in the years ahead. 

However, questions remain about how strong their offer will be compared to clubs like the Sixers and Nets, who will be swimming in cap space when the signing period opens July 6. 

In that regard, all eyes will be on Kevin Durant

According to Haynes, the expectation is that Durant will decline his player option for the 2017-18 season and re-sign with the Warriors at less than the 10-year veteran max to give Golden State some added wiggle room. 

Should the reigning Finals MVP take that step, "the Warriors would be able to use their Bird rights on an Iguodala deal that is far more comparable to what he'd see on the open market."

Then there are the other Western Conference contenders. 

On Tuesday, Haynes reported the Spurs have "discussed internally" the possibility of poaching Iguodala from the Warriors along with Chris Paul from the Los Angeles Clippers. 

But in order to pull off that maneuver, San Antonio would have to clear significant cap space, which is why LaMarcus Aldridge and Danny Green have emerged as possible trade candidates, per Haynes. 

As for the Jazz, Haynes reported Iguodala could emerge as a "top priority" at small forward should Gordon Hayward bolt in free agency. 

That news comes after The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Boston Celtics are pursuing a complex two-part plan that would first see them sign Hayward as an unrestricted free agent and then trade for Paul George

The Sixers, meanwhile, are accelerating their rebuild with Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz in tow, and Haynes reported their front office is honing in on "veteran leadership and someone who is still productive on the court, which explains why the team is captivated by a potential reunion with Iguodala."

Iguodala, 33, was drafted by the Sixers in 2004 at No. 9 overall and was with the franchise until 2012, when Philly shipped him to the Denver Nuggets in a four-team blockbuster that included the Magic and Los Angeles Lakers