Lakers Rumors: Andre Iguodala Plans to Get Buyout from Grizzlies, Sign with LA

Megan ArmstrongCorrespondent IIIJuly 2, 2019

Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala, right, reacts after dunking during the second half in Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers Sunday, April 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 113-105. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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Andre Iguodala's time in Memphis may be nonexistent.  

Following the Golden State Warriors' decision to trade the three-time champion to the Memphis Grizzlies Sunday night, ESPN's Stephen A. Smith disclosed on his radio show Monday that Iguodala is planning to complete a buyout so he can join the Los Angeles Lakers (h/t NBC Sports' Drew Shiller): 

"He has basically -- according to sources -- informed everybody he's going to work out a buyout and then go to the Lakers.

"So Andre Iguodala is planning on joining the Lakers from what we're being told. I don't know how true that is, whether or not it is going to definitively happen.

"But that is the plan at this particular moment in time."

ESPN's Ramona Shelburne noted Iguodala is a former client of Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka. "Don't be surprised to see Lakers get involved," she tweeted. 

The 35-year-old's six-season stint in Golden State ended, at least in part, because of the Warriors' need to clear salary in order to make their sign-and-trade acquisition of point guard D'Angelo Russell work. 

Russell is expected to sign a four-year, $117 maximum contract with the Warriors, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Klay Thompson has also agreed to sign a five-year, $190 million contract to stay in Golden State, per Wojnarowski.

Between those two contracts, there was no longer room for Iguodala in the Bay Area. 

Should things shake out the way Smith has predicted, the one-time All-Star's consolation prize will be hopping from one title favorite to another, as the Lakers are attempting to build a superpower headlined by LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

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