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Andre Iguodala trade: Five NBA teams that make most sense for veteran

Andre Iguodala trade: Five NBA teams that make most sense for veteran

Former Warriors forward Andre Iguodala finds himself in a bind. 

Less than 24 hours after indicating to NBC Sports' Monte Poole that he wasn't keen on the idea of joining the Memphis Grizzlies, a report circulated that the veteran forward would not report to the team's media day, nor attend training camp, opting to train away from Memphis until he gets a buyout or is traded. 

While we wait for Iguodala's negotiations to be resolved, here are five contenders that could use the forward's services. 

Rockets

The Rockets have made no secret of their obsession with the Warriors, and with the Western Conference champs in transition, Houston could be a prime landing spot. 

Currently, the Rockets have an open roster spot -- plus four non-guaranteed contracts on its books. With Iguodala on the roster, the Rockets would have an extra ball-handler to complement Russell Westbrook and James Harden. 

Houston tried to sign Iguodala in 2017 before the forward signed his current three-year, $48 million deal with Golden State. 

Jazz

The Utah Jazz have already had an impressive off-season, trading for guard Mike Conley and signing Bojan Bogdanovic, pairing the duo with young star guard Donovan Mitchell. 

The addition of Iguodala would bolster an already impressive defensive unit. Last season, Utah ranked second in the league in defensive efficiency. The unit, anchored by Rudy Gobert in the middle, was third in the league in blocks and held teams to just 45.2 percent shooting from the field. 

Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets were one of the league's pleasant surprises last season, winning 54 games and clinching the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. However, as one of the youngest teams in the NBA, the team wasn't quite ready for a deep playoff run. 

Iguodala can help with Denver's growth while providing an added defensive presence to a unit that finished sixth in points allowed last season. 

Lakers

What would be the cherry on top for a star-studded offseason in Los Angeles? Adding Iguodala. 

The forward would bring much-needed help to a defense that was middle of the pack in defensive rating this year. Add the fact that Rob Pelinka -- Iguodala's former agent -- is the team's general manager, and the Lakers seem like a perfect landing spot for Iguodala. 

[RELATED: Klay Thompson believes Warriors win NBA Finals if he doesn't tear ACL]

However, a source close to the forward pushed back on the notion shortly after he was dealt to Memphis, citing Los Angeles' inability to pay him more than the minimum. That could change in the coming months should Memphis grant Iguodala a trade or a midseason buyout.  

Clippers

After an impressive offseason of their own, the  Los Angeles Clippers could also be in the running for the three-time champion. 

Adding Iguodala would pair him with the defensive trio of Paul George, Kawhi Leonard and Patrick Beverley, cementing the best defense in the league on paper. 
 

Why Santa Cruz Warriors traded Juan Toscano-Anderson's G League rights

Why Santa Cruz Warriors traded Juan Toscano-Anderson's G League rights

Juan Toscano-Anderson was fantastic in the Warriors' loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday night.

He racked up 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal, and was a team-best plus-six in 28 minutes off the bench.

But let's go back to something that transpired last Friday, because you might have missed the news.

The Santa Cruz Warriors acquired Zach Norvell Jr. (who was on a 10-day contract with Golden State before the All-Star break) from the South Bay Lakers in exchange for a G League 2020 first-round draft pick and ...

... the G League returning player rights to Juan Toscano-Anderson.

What does that mean exactly? Well, if JTA isn't on an NBA roster at the beginning of next season and chooses to sign with the G League, he will suit up for South Bay and not Santa Cruz.

The Sea Dubs could reacquire the Oakland native, but it would come at a cost in a trade.

[RELATED: Dubs' Toscano-Anderson looks to inspire Mexican NBA fans]

Toscano-Anderson, of course, is hoping to stay in the NBA so none of this comes into play.

Also keep in mind that the 26-year-old could sign a two-way contract as well.

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Why Kevin Durant leaving Warriors for Nets made no sense to Joe Lacob

Why Kevin Durant leaving Warriors for Nets made no sense to Joe Lacob

Kevin Durant won two championships with the Warriors.

He was named NBA Finals MVP twice.

But after three seasons with Golden State, he chose to sign with the Brooklyn Nets in free agency last summer.

KD recently admitted he knew at about the halfway mark of last season that he was going to leave the franchise.

Warriors owner Joe Lacob -- who doesn't like to discuss the past very much -- probably never will understand why the four-time scoring champion chose a different path.

"I can't get mad when Kevin Durant -- who I felt pretty close with -- decides he's going to leave. Which to me, made no sense," Lacob said Monday morning on 95.7 The Game. "You're (with) the best organization -- I hope he thinks -- in the world.

"Winning, other great players, the new arena. To me, there was every reason in the world to stay. But I'm not gonna be mad at him because it's his life and he earned the right. And for whatever reason, he decided he wanted to leave.

"I can't control that. I tried (laughing)."

[RELATED: Why part of Lacob believes KD leaving Dubs was for the best]

Based on everything that has come to light over the last nine months or so, there were several reasons -- not just one -- why Durant decided it was time to go.

But that's water under the bridge at this point.

What matters now is KD getting back to full strength following his Achilles injury. Basketball misses him.

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