After two years away, Andre Iguodala is returning to the Warriors to finish his career in the place where he authored his greatest moments.
While some might look at the 37-year-old's return as one bathed in nostalgia that won't really move the needle on the court, Steph Curry knows how motivated Iguodala is to show that he has some good basketball left. The two-time MVP knows Iguodala's return will impact the Warriors both in the locker room and on the floor.
As Curry knows, Iguodala isn't returning to just sit on the end of the bench.
"I mean honestly a lot of that was just kinda on his own and understanding what he feels like he has left on the tank. And that’s the thing for him in this space. It’s not just where he finishes and he understands he has a lot left to give on the court,” Curry told ESPN's Cassidy Hubbarth on Wednesday during the Warriors' Summer League game. "He’s extremely motivated. He understands how we do things, he’s part of building our culture and our championship run. So, to have the balance of the presence he brings to our locker room, the veteran leadership, but also, he’s not just going to be on the bench, he’s going to be out there on the court contributing and doing things he’s used to doing. That’s what we’re excited about.”
Iguodala won't be logging heavy minutes for Golden State next season, but his return gives the Warriors another versatile wing defender and a secondary ball-handler who can run the offense when Curry sits.
His high basketball IQ, genius passing vision and smart cutting ability will give the Warriors something they have missed the past two seasons with Iguodala in Miami.
After drafting Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody, and adding Iguodala, Otto Porter Jr. and Nemanja Bjelica, the Warriors have a much more well-rounded roster than the one that was knocked out of the play-in tournament last season.
Couple that with the expected and highly-anticipated return of Klay Thompson, and the Warriors should have a good chance to contend in the loaded Western Conference.
The band is back together for one last run in the Bay, and that has everyone, from Curry to Iguodala to Steve Kerr, excited about what this season could bring.