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Andre Iguodala can get buyout from Grizzlies without losing any money

Andre Iguodala can get buyout from Grizzlies without losing any money

The Grizzlies would like to trade Andre Iguodala so they can receive an asset in return.

The former Warriors forward would prefer to keep all $17.2 million he is owed this season.

“At this point, the only buyout that makes sense -- if I’m speaking on someone else’s behalf, thinking as an agent -- is you don’t leave money on the table,” the 2015 NBA Finals MVP told NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole in an article published Monday. “Especially in this league. Because you’ll never get it back, no matter what people say.

"Negotiations are a tactic, so you’ve got to be careful how you approach it, or how you verbalize what you would do going forward. But you can’t leave anything on the table.”

On Monday, ESPN's Brian Windhorst explained on "The Jump" how Iguodala can secure a buyout with Memphis and still make all $17.2 million:

"Because he makes $17 million dollars, it's going to be very difficult to trade for him because of the trade rules. I wouldn't say impossible ... but there are ways to take a buyout without leaving money on the table.

"For example -- if he took $2.6 million less (meaning he gives back $2.6 million to the Grizzlies), which is what a veteran's minimum would be, that's not leaving money on the table. Or if he went to his new team and got a two-year guarantee on the veteran's minimum, then you could take $5.2 million less and technically not leave any money.

"Plus, there's a big difference between earning money in Tennessee where there's a much more favorable income tax as opposed to California.

"So while this is a good negotiating position for him to have, I do think there is wiggle room in there where he can not leave money on the table. Eventually, he will be off the Grizzlies."

This makes perfect sense, although it seems unlikely Iguodala would go the two-year route because he should receive offers for more than the minimum in unrestricted free agency next summer.

Golden State fans definitely don't want the 35-year-old to sign for more than one year with the team he ends up on, because that would decrease the chances of Iguodala re-signing with the Warriors down the line.

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We all know that things can change very quickly in the NBA and it's difficult to predict anything. But one thing that is certain right now is that Iguodala is not a member of the Warriors -- something he told Poole he needs to remind himself from time to time.

You'll probably need to do the same on many occasions this season.

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Warriors’ still-mounting injuries a big blow to young players’ development

Warriors’ still-mounting injuries a big blow to young players’ development

SAN FRANCISCO -- In the waning moments of the Warriors' latest loss Friday night, their bench resembled the front row of a fashion show more than a functioning NBA roster.

Toward the end of the bench, All-Star guard Stephen Curry sat in a black suit jacket, covering a massive cast protecting his broken left hand. To Curry's left, center Kevon Looney sat in a gray suit, his immediate future in peril as he continues to seek answers about an injured hamstring.

That type of visual has become commonplace over the last month.

Over that stretch, 11 Warriors players have been sidelined with injuries, crippling a roster that seemed armed with an outside shot of making the playoffs on opening night just three weeks ago.

The latest blow came Saturday morning, when an MRI confirmed that D'Angelo Russell had suffered a sprained thumb, sidelining him for at least two weeks. Over his previous six games, the guard had averaged 29.7 points on 48 percent shooting from the field, including a 52-point, nine-rebound performance against Minnesota, so his absence will be felt.

That's because the Warriors are in roster transition, marked by their youthful core.

When Jordan Poole and Eric Paschall were drafted in June, the expectation was that the rookies would be brought along slowly, learning behind Golden State's battered All-Star cast. The myriad injuries changed that, though, forcing both into more minutes than initially anticipated.

While Paschall has flourished in that spot (15.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in 30.8 minutes per game), Poole has struggled. Since Curry's injury in the fourth game of the season, Poole has shot 29 percent from the field, and he has hit just five of his last 28 shots over his last two contests.

The trickle-down effect started on the eve of training camp, when Warriors general manager Bob Myers announced that center Willie Cauley-Stein would miss most of October with a foot strain. Two days later, rookie Alen Smailagic rolled his ankle and Looney strained his hamstring in the same controlled scrimmage.

Last month, Curry broke his hand, sidelining the guard until at least February. Two nights later, forward Draymond Green tore a ligament in his left index finger. On Monday, two-way guard Damion Lee fractured his hand.

Amid all those injuries, Warriors coach Steve Kerr trotted out his ninth starting lineup of the season Friday, with two-way guard Ky Bowman at the point. For a moment, it worked.

Midway through the third quarter, Bowman intercepted a pass, ran cross court and dunked over Grant Williams, cutting the Celtics' lead to three. Two minutes later, Alec Burk stripped Boston guard Brandon Wanamaker, setting up a fast-break layup that gave Golden State a brief 82-80 lead before the Celtics rallied and held on in the fourth quarter.

The Warriors' current reality is much different than their immediate past. After winning 78 percent of their games over five years, they now find themselves with a roster that lost Kevin Durant to free agency, while Curry and Klay Thompson's rehabs are expected to last until at least February. Their 2-11 record is the NBA's worst.

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Minutes after the final buzzer Friday, there were reminders of potential hopes lost. Curry's hand swelled out of his cast as he walked near a team official. In the locker room, Paschall sported an ice pack on his right hand, and Poole reconciled an ankle injury that he said wouldn't affect him.

As the Warriors packed for another road trip, potentially with just eight healthy bodies for the foreseeable future, another reminder that the team's development is coming at a hefty price was evident.

Warriors' D'Angelo Russell out at least two weeks with right thumb sprain

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Warriors' D'Angelo Russell out at least two weeks with right thumb sprain

Add another one to the list.

After leaving Friday night’s loss to the Celtics with a thumb injury, an MRI has confirmed a right thumb sprain for All-Star guard D'Angelo Russell.

Russell will not travel with the team on the upcoming four-game road trip and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

Golden State’s already lengthy injury report adds another name, as the team now stands with just nine healthy players as the team embarks for New Orleans on Saturday to kick off the trip.