Andre Iguodala

Warriors get great news about $17.2M Andre Iguodala trade exception

Warriors get great news about $17.2M Andre Iguodala trade exception

The $17.2 million trade exception the Warriors received as part of the Andre Iguodala trade with the Memphis Grizzlies last summer arguably is Golden State's most prized asset at the moment. With it, the Warriors could absorb any player's 2020-21 salary up to that amount.

At the time of the trade, the exception was set to expire on July 7 -- precisely 36 hours after the start of free agency. Since it wasn't eligible to be used prior to the conclusion of the league moratorium at noon (ET) on July 6, the Warriors would have been in a significant time crunch within which to use it. Once the season was indefinitely paused do the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in March, however, it wasn't clear if the expiration deadline would be pushed back, or if Golden State simply would be out of luck.

Well, not to worry, Warriors fans. The NBA has done the right thing.

According to ESPN's Bobby Marks, the Warriors' $17.2 million trade exception now will expire on Oct. 25. Free agency is slated to begin on Oct. 18, meaning Golden State actually will have a larger window within which to use the trade exception than the team would have in a traditional year.

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Considering the Warriors' 2019-20 season now is completed, the extension of the expiration deadline could be a huge benefit. They now have several more months to plan out their free-agency strategy -- and potentially pre-arrange a transaction with one or more teams.

There is no guarantee Golden State will use the full value of the trade exception -- the Warriors already are expected to be a tax-paying team -- but at the very least, this confirms the Dubs will have an opportunity to utilize an asset they most definitely were counting on.

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Warriors' Steve Kerr calls 2014 memory one of best feelings of his life

Warriors' Steve Kerr calls 2014 memory one of best feelings of his life

When Steve Kerr was hired as head coach of the Warriors in May 2014, he had no prior coaching experience.

That is not entirely true, actually, as he reminded everybody in April 2016:

Anyways, since Kerr took over the reigns in Golden State, the Warriors have won three titles and reached the NBA Finals five straight seasons from 2015 to 2019.

When you experience that sort of unprecedented success, you create a lot of memories along the way. So last Friday, Warriors play-by-play broadcaster Bob Fitzgerald asked the eight-time NBA champion a tough question:

"What is your favorite coaching memory? That's a hard one. But is there a memory that might not jump out to everybody that you kind of hold dear that still a really cool one for you?" Fitzgerald asked.

Kerr proceeded to take a walk down memory lane to mid-November 2014.

"I suppose on a really personal level I will share this one. My first year coaching -- I came in with all these big ideas and grand plans, and deep down I had no idea if any of it would work," he told Fitzgerald. "You come in and you plan for something and you hold your breath and go, 'All right. I hope I can make this connection, I hope we can win some games and I hope these plays that we're putting in work.'

"We were playing well but I was a little nervous. We played a game in LA -- it was maybe the 12th game of the year -- we played the Lakers. And we had a four-day break after the game. I told the players, 'If we handle our business tonight, I'm gonna give you the next two days off.' I might as well have told them all that I was gonna give them a million dollars each (laughter).

"You couldn't imagine the excitement in that locker room. Andre Iguodala was like, 'Hell yeah, I got two days of golf coming up. Don't f this up guys. Come on. Let's go.' The Lakers were down that season, but we went out and we just trounced them.

"I came down to San Diego because I had given the guys two days off. I like to surf. I hadn't surfed in a while. I went out and I surfed -- which is just an amazing feeling to start with -- but I just remember being out on my surfboard thinking, 'We're 10-2, the guys are happy -- this stuff is working. This is gonna work. It's gonna happen.'

"It's one of the best feelings I've ever had."

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First and foremost, that reaction from Iguodala is perfectly on-brand and not a surprise whatsoever. He's an avid golfer.

Secondly, the Warriors crushed the Lakers, 136-115, and led by as many as 38 points. Steph Curry racked up 30 points and 15 assists, and Marreese Speights scored 24 points off the bench.

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The win -- their third in a row -- moved the Warriors to 8-2 on the season. They ended up winning 13 more consecutive games before finally losing to the Memphis Grizzlies on Dec. 16.

So lastly, Kerr absolutely was correct. His stuff was working and would continue to work. 

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Why Bill Simmons believes Andre Iguodala belongs in the Hall of Fame

Why Bill Simmons believes Andre Iguodala belongs in the Hall of Fame

When it's all said and done, should former Warriors forward Andre Iguodala be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame?

During the most recent "Book of Basketball 2.0" podcast, Bill Simmons and Joe House of The Ringer offered their opinions.

"In his Golden State version, he was the best guy in the league -- other than Kawhi (Leonard) -- to guard LeBron (James) and (Kevin) Durant," Simmons said. "As a perimeter defender, I always had (Scottie) Pippen and Kawhi on their own plane, and that's it.

"Steve Kerr feels really strongly that Iguodala was as good as those guys ... Golden State didn't really need him to be the offensive player that Pippen was.

"I think he should be in the Hall of Fame. I think playoff performance matters. Knowing your role, being an unselfish teammate, coming through over and over again in big moments."

Shockingly, Iguodala was named All-Defense only two times -- Second Team in 2010-11 and First Team in 2013-14 (his first season with the Warriors).

As for Simmons' comment about Iguodala repeatedly "coming through" in the clutch, here are a few examples:

In Game 3 of the 2018 Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets, Iguodala sustained a "spider fracture" in his left leg and missed the rest of the series. The Warriors missed him terribly and nearly didn't advance to the NBA Finals.

In Game 6 of the 2019 Western Conference semifinals in Houston -- when the Warriors were without an injured Kevin Durant -- Iguodala stepped up and drilled five 3-pointers to help the Dubs win.

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Going back to 2015, he took home NBA Finals MVP honors after averaging 16.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.3 steals. And he made life difficult on LeBron.

"I think he is a Hall of Famer because of the vital role, the vital contribution he made to Golden State," House said. "I think the Golden State part of his career is the part that takes him (there). We have to say it every time we talk about the NBA Hall of Fame -- the bar is very low.

"But for what he did, I think his addition to that team -- doing all the dirty work stuff. It was a great Finals MVP moment for the league. He won that by really just doing all the dirty stuff -- being the guy that was willing to do whatever it took to win.

"In view of the legacy of that Warriors team and what he meant to it, I'm fine with him being in the Hall of Fame."

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He only made one All-Star team (2011-12) and never made an All-NBA squad. But he was a winner, sacrificed personal statistics and accolades for team success, is a three-time NBA champion and ... belongs in the Hall of Fame.

Oh, and by the way -- his career isn't over. The 36-year-old still has time to add to his résumé.

See you in Springfield, Andre.

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