NBA rumors: Grizzlies not currently negotiating Andre Iguodala buyout


NBA rumors: Grizzlies not currently negotiating Andre Iguodala buyout

Andre Iguodala reportedly might not hit the open market after all.

The Memphis Grizzlies, who acquired the longtime Warriors forward in a July salary dump following Kevin Durant's decision to join the Brooklyn Nets, are "refusing right now" to discuss buying out the 35-year-old, The Athletic and Stadium's Shams Charnia reported Monday, citing sources.

Shortly after Iguodala was traded to the Grizzlies, ESPN's Tim MacMahon reported in July that the Grizzlies were "actively exploring the trade market" for the veteran. Trading for Iguodala, the 2015 NBA Finals MVP, reportedly was the Rockets' No.1 priority in mid-July, according to The Athletic's Sam Amick. ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, meanwhile, said on July 1 that Iguodala's plan was to "work out a buyout and then go to the Lakers."

Of course, none of those things ultimately happened, and Iguodala has remained on the Grizzlies' roster through the bulk of the offseason. Iguodala "desires a contender at this stage," according to Charania. 

Whether Charania's reporting pressures the Grizzlies to grant Iguodala's apparent wish remains to be seen, but Iguodala is closer to the end of his career than the beginning. He averaged a career-low 5.7 points and 23.2 minutes per game in his 15th NBA season, but the Warriors outscored their opponents by 9.0 points per 100 possessions when he was on the court. When he wasn't, Golden State outscored opponents by 4.9 points per 100 possessions. 

Iguodala still has something to contribute, and his veteran knowledge could be an asset for a young Grizzlies team. Those appear to be competing interests at this point, however, making the former Warriors' situation one to keep an eye on as the season nears. 

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Don't expect a Warriors reunion, though. Iguodala would have to sign with -- or get traded to -- another team before it could become a possibility, and the Warriors are hard-capped this season because of the D'Angelo Russell sign-and-trade. Golden State currently doesn't have enough room under the salary cap to fit another guaranteed contract. 

In other words, just wait for the jersey retirement. 

Ayesha, Steph Curry living their best life at wedding of singer, actress

Ayesha, Steph Curry living their best life at wedding of singer, actress

Steph and Ayesha Curry have the model family.

They have been married for more than eight years and have three happy, healthy kids.

But the Currys don't let their responsibilities at home stop them from having fun.

On Saturday, Steph and Ayesha were in a suburb of Nashville, Tenn. for the wedding of singer Tyler Rich and actress Sabina Gadecki.

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Ayesha left a pretty funny comment on Steph's post, hinting at how crazy the festivities got.

"And to think just hours later we were getting tequila shots and mosh pitting our lives away. Ahhhhhhh balance," Ayesha wrote.

The wedding took place at Saddle Woods Farm in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Ayesha was part of the bridal party, according to People.com.

Former Warriors forward Dorell Wright also was in attendance.

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While Steph and Ayesha were letting loose on Saturday, they were back to normal on Sunday, spending the day with daughters Riley and Ryan.

The Currys are pretty good at that "balance" thing Ayesha mentioned.

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Anta reveals '11 Rules of Klaytheism' during Klay Thompson's China trip

Anta reveals '11 Rules of Klaytheism' during Klay Thompson's China trip

The legend of “China Klay” Thompson has been well-documented, as the Warriors star is one of the country’s most popular American athletes.

Anta -- the Chinese company Thompson has an exclusive shoe contract with -- posted a sign during one of Klay’s visits to China with what it calls the “11 Rules of Klaytheism.” A Reddit user recently translated each rule, and the results are expectedly hilarious.

No. 7 has to be the best one, especially with how publicly Thompson has been flaunting his current girlfriend on Instagram. But I mean come on, how can you not love Rocco?

We’ve heard about the idea of “Klaytheism” before, in this short film published in 2017 from The Ringer.

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Even in an offseason filled with roster turmoil for Warriors fans, we can always count on Klay to provide us with a viral moment to make us laugh.