Andre Iguodala hasn’t played a minute for the astounding Memphis Grizzlies this season, and once Thursday’s NBA trade deadline has gone, there’s a decent possibility that he never will.
Dillon Brooks is among those in Memphis trusting that is the case.
With the deadline looming, the third-year guard didn’t mince words when gotten some information about speculation that Iguodala will be moved.
“A guy that’s on our team doesn’t want to be on our team,” Brooks said after scoring 15 points in a 96-82 victory over Detroit on Monday. “I can’t wait until we find a way to trade him so we can play him, and I can show him what Memphis is about.”
At least two of Brooks’ partners seemed to concur with the comments.
Star rookie Ja Morant responded with a shouting emoticon on Twitter, and guard De’Anthony Melton posted a shrugging emoticon. Melton has since turned his account private.
Iguodala’s previous Golden State partner Stephen Curry likewise seemed to join the conversation, adding to his Instagram story a post-NBA championship photograph of Iguodala with a “shush emoji.”
Not to be beaten, Morant posted an image of previous Warrior Kevin Durant holding up one of his Finals MVP trophies.
Iguodala hasn’t played for the Grizzlies this season. The previous summer, the Warriors sent the veteran swingman – who is making $17.2 million in the final year of his agreement – and a lightly secured 2024 first-round pick to the revamping Grizzlies because Golden State expected to shed his salary to execute a three-team, sign-and-trade deal for All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell.
With Iguodala away from the team, the Grizzlies have developed as one of the amazements of the 2019-20 season. Monday’s success over the Pistons pushed them back up to .500 (25-25), and they hold a two-game lead over Portland for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference.
“Andre Iguodala is a great player,” Brooks said. “I feel like he’s doing the right thing for his career, but we don’t care.
“It’s not a distraction at all. I laugh at that type of stuff.”
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