The Andre Iguodala era in Golden State ended Sunday night, when ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski cited a league source in reporting the Warriors are trading the 2015 NBA Finals MVP to the Grizzlies.
Golden State is trading Andre Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies, league source tells ESPN. Warriors are sending a 2024 protected first-round pick in the 2024 (protected 1-4), 2025 (protected 1) and 2026 unprotected.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2019
When news broke that Kevin Durant will sign with the Brooklyn Nets, Iguodala tweeted this:
I need that Magic meme...— andre (@andre) June 30, 2019
The implication was that he wouldn't be with the Warriors next season.
Then, five minutes before Woj reported the 35-year-old is being shipped to Memphis, Iguodala tweeted this:
That was a fun plane ride. Awesome puzzle I put together... been working on it since Tuesday. Got it just in the Knick of time...— andre (@andre) July 1, 2019
The Iguodala news surfaced almost immediately after Woj broke the news that the Warriors agreed to acquire Nets guard D'Angelo Russell in a sign-and-trade.
The day before Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Warriors and Raptors, Iguodala said this:
I'll be here next year for sure and I'm pretty confident that we'll have our core back and we'll try to make another run at it.
But it's possible that the moment the Warriors lost Game 6 at Oracle Arena, Iguodala knew he would be traded. Back in late November, he told NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole:
"I possibly have another year here -- if we win. That’s it. I know that. I’m fine with it. That’s if we win. If not ..."
Sure enough, Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports reported the following late Sunday night:
Andre Iguodala was informed by Warriors early last week that he could be traded to unload salary in event Kevin Durant moved on, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Today’s trade to Memphis wasn’t a shock.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 1, 2019
Iguodala recently was on a book tour, telling everybody how good the Warriors would be next season. Iguodala -- who will make $17.2 million next season before becoming a free agent -- even predicted that Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson would re-sign in free agency.
Well, KD is headed to the Nets, and Iguodala is headed to the Grizzlies.
Warriors fans will love (sarcasm font) this final nugget:
Iguodala is a former Rob Pelinka client. If his stay in Memphis is short, don’t be surprised to see Lakers get involved https://t.co/fEsUTla1xg— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 1, 2019
It's been a helluva day.