Andre Iguodala Trade Rumors: Latest on Lakers, Clippers and Rockets Links

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistDecember 16, 2019

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: Andre Iguodala at LinkedIn on June 25, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Mendez/Getty Images)
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The Memphis Grizzlies are reportedly "resolute" in their belief they can find a trade for swingman Andre Iguodala before February's deadline.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski gave the latest update on Iguodala's status Sunday on the Woj & Lowe: Trade Season Special, noting the Lakers and Clippers remain hopeful Memphis is eventually forced into a buyout.

The Houston Rockets have also attempted several avenues to land Iguodala but have been unsuccessful to this point.

The biggest roadblock for the Grizzlies is Iguodala's $17.2 million salary, which requires teams to find matching salaries of their own to send back. Most of the players with salaries theoretically capable of being moved for Iguodala are contributors those teams do not want to trade.

The Grizzlies have been strident in their desire to trade Iguodala rather than buy him out, a situation that has stretched since the team acquired him in July. Iguodala has neither practiced nor played for the Grizzlies since the deal, with the two sides coming to an agreement for him to stay away while Memphis explores trade options.

At this point, the Grizzlies appear to be hoping an injury makes a team desperate enough to reshuffle their roster. Iguodala remains a good role player, but he turns 36 in January and showed clear signs of aging last season; he's not exactly the type of star for whom teams will fork over major draft assets. It would be a surprise if the Grizzlies even got a protected first-round pick for him in the event of a trade.

In that sense, it's hard to see a point in stretching this out any further. The Lakers and Clippers are right to dig in their heels, knowing Memphis will have little option but to buy Iguodala out in February. His salary is too prohibitive for nearly every other major contender.

The Grizzlies' determination might wind up costing them money they could have saved by buying Iguodala out earlier.

NBA Champion, co-host of the “Talking Blazers” podcast, and co-host of “Handles” on NBA TV, Channing Frye, joins “The Full 48 with Howard Beck” to discuss the Portland Trail Blazers, trading Damian Lillard and/or CJ McCollum, James Harden, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Love, and the Buffet Of Goodness.